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Record Description

These records cover the years 1870 to 1896

This index corresponds to the 2,593 case files created by the U.S. district courts from 1870 to 1896. The records are arranged by the name of the defendant.

During the years from 1870 to 1896, the judicial system of Utah consisted of four districts located in Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo, and Beaver. The records from these four districts have been combined and indexed. The majority of cases in this time period concerned the practice of polygamy, but there were also cases involving mail theft, illegal voting, violations of liquor and tobacco tariff laws, possession of counterfeit coins, and embezzlement.

This index was created to provide easier access to the Utah Territorial case files.

The information in this index is quite reliable. However, keep in mind that it still may contain alternate spellings or misinterpretations of names or other information.

Record Content

Information in the index includes:

  • Defendant’s full name
  • Case number
  • Footnote and National Archives Record Administration reference information
  • State
  • Year

How to Use the Record

Use the index to find case files of persons who may have been involved in a court case in Utah during the years 1870-1896. Search for any alternate names your ancestor might have used, such as a nickname or alias. If you are having difficulty finding the person you are looking for in these records, consider looking for cases involving friends or relatives who might have mentioned them. To search this collection, it would be helpful to know the following information:

To begin your search, it is helpful to know the name and some other identifying information such as the birth place or birth date.

Search the Collection

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

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An archival description of the Territorial Case files can be found at the National Archives website.

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Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Utah, Territorial Case Files of the U.S. District Courts, 1870-1896" Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing "Territorial Case Files of the U.S. District Courts of Utah 1870-1896." Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : n.d.

 

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