Utah land has an interesting history that begins with Mexican ownership until 1847 and then the responsibility for land distribution was taken over by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It wasn't until 1855 that the federal land survey began in Utah. Understanding where the records are depends on the historical time period. To better understand the land and your ancestor place, a good map of Utah is a must. We will take a look at land records historically and where they can be found. We will also look at maps through the history of Utah and what map collections can help you better understand the places your ancestor lived.
Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, researcher, and instructor whose focus is genealogy, social and women's history. She holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women's Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. Her published works include two books, numerous articles published in magazines and online, as well as four editions of the Tracing Your Ancestors series from Morsehead Publishing. She is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s magazine, Crossroads. Her writings can be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera as well as the GenealogyBank and Legacy Webinars blogs. She is a course instructor for The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She has presented to diverse groups worldwide including the Legacy Family Tree Webinar series. Her current research includes women's repatriation and citizenship in the 20th century, foodways and community in fundraising cookbooks, and women's material culture.