Newspaper databases and websites for Provo and surrounding areas:
The Daily Herald and its predecessors and competitors are on microfilm at the Library.
The Utah County Obituary Index - An online index that can help you determine when and where an obituary actually appeared. Indexing Utah County newspapers from the 1870s through the year prior to the present year, the index will only name the newspaper and give the date the obituary appeared—to actually locate the obituary it will generally be necessary to consult the newspaper on microfilm.
Mormons and Their Neighbors - Database of over 100,000 biographical sketches in over 236 published volumes includes persons who were Mormons as well as others who had association with the Mormons in the West. Provides an index for the following paper-copy resources in the Provo City Library:
Conquerors of the West: Stalwart Mormon Pioneers ([Salt Lake City]: Sons of Utah Pioneers, 1999) 4 vols.; Special Collections 929.3792 C763 - Information on 1,500 men who trekked to Utah prior to 1869. Each entry generally provides birth and death statistics, parents' names, the date of arrival in the Salt Lake Valley, marriage information, birth and death information on the spouse, a brief biographical sketch, and a list of the children with their birth, death, and marriage information. Many entries are accompanied by a photograph of the pioneer.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude ([Salt Lake City]: International Society Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, 1998) 4 vols.; Special Collections 979.2092 PIO 1998 - Collection of biographical sketches of over 6,000 women who came and settled in Utah prior to 1869. Each entry includes birth, death, and marriage information as well as parentage, date of their arrival in Utah, their children, and a brief biographical sketch.
Utah History Suite (Provo, Utah: Historical Views, 2001) 1 CD-ROM, Provo City Library's Special Collections Room; 979.2 Ut1 2001 - Includes 68 volumes of the Utah Historical Quarterly, History Blazer, Beehive History, and all 29 centennial county histories.
Mormon Pioneer Search - This index gives basic information on Mormon pioneers identifying the year they came and the source of that information. Not comprehensive, but a quick place to get started.
Mayors of Provo Timeline - List of the mayors of Provo from 1851 to present. List the dates each mayor was in office and the birth and death dates when available.
Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847-1968 - The most complete listing of individuals and companies in which Mormon pioneer emigrants traveled west to Utah from 1847 through 1868. It is an incomplete listing, as rosters have not been found for all companies. Sources are provided for follow up research on the experiences of each company.
Daughters of Utah Pioneers “History Card Index” - Name index to the 100,000+ pioneer histories on file at the DUP Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah.
FamilySearch Digital Library - An ever growing collection of digitized family, town, and other histories.
Provo Oral History Project - A collection of recorded and transcribed interviews by longtime residents of Provo.
Historical People - Brief biographical sketches of important Utah people.
Utah Burials Database - Includes 322 cemeteries and 600,00 burials throughout Utah, including the burials from the Provo City Cemetery as of November 2005. This is an ongoing project that focuses obtaining records from every cemetery rather than keeping the database updated with the most recent burials.
A majority of Provo City Cemetery Records are held on-site in our Special Collections room or in our First-Floor Microfilm Cabinet.
Reources located in our Special Collections room include:
Resources located in our Microfilm Cabinet:
There are a number of publications featuring the local history of Provo housed in our Special Collections. Here is a brief list of the most useful. While most of these sources include an index, they are often not very thorough:
Additional Resources Online: