Utah, Territorial Case Files of the U.S. District Courts (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Access the records: Utah, Territorial Case Files of the U.S. District Courts, 1870-1896 .
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.
Citation for This Collection
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- Circuit and District Court. Utah, territorial case files of the U.S. district courts. National Archives, Washington D.C.
Key genealogical facts included in the index are:
- Defendant’s full name
- Case number
- Footnote and National Archives Record Administration reference information
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.
An archival description of the Territorial Case files can be found at the National Archives website.
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"Utah, Territorial Case Files of the U.S. District Courts, 1870-1896." index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 6 May 2011). John Young, citing Territorial Case Files, case number 2,521, NARA publication M1401. NARA roll 34; National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.