The Utah Population Database (UPDB) is a dynamic database and receives annual updates from contributors for Utah births, marriages, divorces, deaths, cancer records, and driver licenses. UPDB records include names and other information for family members. For example, a birth certificate record includes the name of the child, mother, and father. Multiple records for an individual are matched and a “person-oriented record” created. There are almost 11 million unique individuals created from these records. The longitudinally linked data captures many events associated with an individual.

Records Available in UPDB

Source Records

Record Type Years Available Records
Original Family History Records 1700's - 1975 1,916,172
Vital Records
Birth Certificates 1915-21, 1929-2017 3,018,667
Death Certificates 1904-2017 902,053
Marriage Certificates Utah 1978-2010 689,275
Divorce Records Utah 1978-2010 298,925
Fetal Deaths Utah 1978-2017 11,107
Medical Records
Ambulatory Surgery Utah 1996-2017 6,806,482
Inpatient Hospital Claims Utah 1996-2017 5,840,073
Emergency Department 2015-2017 (older records forthcoming) 2,230,386
All Payer Claims Data 2013-2017 3,561,630
Utah Cancer Registry 1966-2017 378,829
Birth Defects Network 1995-2017 21,235
Additional Records
U.S. Census of Utah 1880,1900-1940  2,300,085
Social Security Death Index Last updated 2011  581,373
Driver License Utah Last updated 2019 3,997,558
Voter Registration Utah Last updated 2016 2,069,001
TOTAL   31.74 million

Externally Linked Records

Record Type Years Available Individuals
University of Utah Health Sciences Links 1992-Current 2,069,001
Intermountain Healthcare Links 1992-Current 4,374,273
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1992-2012
Utah Department of Human Services 1995-2019 896,482

Coverage of Data sets by year, last updated 06/08/2018


The Utah family histories represent pedigrees that may span as many as eleven generations. The majority of families living in Utah are represented in this database with a special emphasis on genealogy records of the pioneers of Utah and their Utah descendants. Merging data from genealogies and birth certificates allows information for new generations to be added and most families can be linked across five generations. For example, looking at all individuals born in Utah in 1950, 84 percent have grandparent information available in the UPDB and 67 percent have five or more previous generations documented in the UPDB.

Contact Us

Utah Population Database Director
Ken R. Smith, PhD


HCI Senior Director Oversight
Kathleen Mooney, PhD, RN

Faculty Advisory Committee Chair
Jen Doherty, PhD, MS

Faculty Advisory Committee Members
Diana Brixner, PhD
Steven Guthery, MD
William Lowrance, MD, MPH
Barry Nangle, PhD
Andrew Post, MD, PhD
Erin Rothwell, PhD
Katharine Ullman, PhD
Michael Varner, MD