Utah, State Archives Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001 .
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|Utah, United States|
|Flag of Utah|
|Location of Utah|
|Record Type||State Archives|
What is in the Collection?
The collection consists of images of various record types held by the Utah State Archives. Record types include civil and criminal case files, divorce records, probate case files, and naturalization records for the counties and cemetery records for the cities.
The collection includes records from 1848 to 2001. The coverage of record type and date range varies by county and the time periods listed may have gaps.
The following chart lists the location, record type, series, and time periods covered; counties are listed first then cities. The images are being published as they become available and the chart is being updated as the information becomes available.
|Locality||Record Type||Time Period|
|Beaver County||Naturalization and interment records||1865-1942|
|Box Elder County||Divorce, naturalization, and interment records||1875-1876|
|Carbon County||Probate case files||1896-1931|
|Davis County||Divorce, naturalization, and interment records||1875-1886|
|Emery County||Probate case files and naturalization records||1889-1928|
|Garfield County||Naturalization records||1896-1923|
|Grand County||Naturalization records||1908-1929|
|Iron County||Probate case files, land records, and burial records||1854-1868|
|Juab County||Naturalization records||1891-1929|
|Kane County||Probate records||1867-1896|
|Millard County||Burial records||1854-1973|
|Salt Lake County||Civil and criminal case files, probate case files, land records, and naturalization records||1853-1894|
|San Juan County||Probate records||1888-1933|
|Sanpete County||Criminal case files, probate case files and buial records||1866-1890|
|Sevier County||Probate case files, naturalization records, and cemetery records||1865-1905|
|Summit County||Land records||1871-1878|
|Tooele County||Probate and burial records||1859-1888|
|Wasatch County||Naturalization and cemetery records||1896-1935|
|Weber County||Court records||1852-1887|
|Beaver (City)||Cemetery records||1865-1886|
|Charleston (City)||Cemetery records|
|Fillmore (City)||Cemetery records|
|Garland (City)||Cemetery records|
|Glenwood (City)||Cemetery records|
|Grantsville (City)||Cemetery records|
|Hyrum (City)||Cemetery records|
|Junction (City)||Cemetery records|
|Kaysville (City)||Cemetery records|
|Marysville (City)||Cemetery records||1887-1978|
|Midvale (City)||Cemetery records|
|Murray (City)||Cemetery records|
|Paragonah (City)||Cemetery records|
|Salt Lake City||Cemetery records||1848-1976|
|Scipio (City)||Cemetery records|
|Spring City||Cemetery records|
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The record content varies by record type. It may include any of the following pieces of information:
- Name of primary individual
- Event date
- Event place
- Names of parents
- Biographical information about parents such as date and place of birth
- Names of heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, or friends
- Names of the executor, administrator, or guardian
- Names of witnesses
- Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates since a will was usually written near the time of death)
- Description and value of property or land
- Military information such as company, rank, and enlistment date
- Farm information such as number and value of acres and details of crops raised
- Statistical information about members of the household
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
- The county where the event occurred
- The approximate date the event occurred
- The name of the individual or individuals
Searching the Collection
To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select "Record Type, Box, Folder, Case and Year Range" which takes you to the images.
Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. 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. Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
What Do I Do Next?
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:
- Use the age to calculate the birth date.
- Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
- Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth to find the family in census records.
- Use the residence and names to locate church and land records.
- Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
- The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
- The name of the undertaker, mortuary, or cemetery could lead you to funeral records which often include the names and residences of other family members.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
- The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
- Earlier records may not contain as much information as more recent records.
- There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
- Compiling the entries for every person who has the same surname is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. It can also help you to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. You may want to repeat this process for each new generation or surname that you identify.
What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Check for an index. There are often indexes created by local genealogical and historical societies.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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Citing this Collection
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- "Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing State Archives, Salt Lake City.
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