Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

CEDAR COUNTY RECORDER

Agency History #2653

CREATION

The county recorder position was created with the creation of the county by the territorial legislature in January 1856 ("An Act in Relation to Counties," Laws of Utah, 5th Annual Session, 1855-1856, sec. 8, p. 7). The recorder was authorized to maintain permanent books of land ownership and transfers. The recorder's office was abolished with the dissolution of the county in 1862.

FUNCTIONS

The county recorder was to record land transfers and conveyances. By so recording, he validated deeds, bonds, and mortgages. He also was to keep city and town plats, land surveys, and surveys of roads and public works.

ADMINISTRATION

The county recorder was publicly elected for a four year term. He filed an oath and bond, approved by the county court, with the county clerk—in many cases, himself. The county court could appoint a recorder if there was a vacancy.

COUNTY RECORDERS

James H. Glines, 1856-1858
James A. Leishman, 1858-1859
Zerubbabel Snow, 1859-1860
Walter Smith, 1860-1861
Zerubbabel Snow, 1861-1862

COMPILED BY: A.C. Cone, February 1996

SOURCES

Cedar County Court. Minutes (Series 17489)

Cedar County Recorder. Deeds (Series 17494)

Legislative Assembly. Journals (Series 3145)

Legislature. Laws of Utah (Series 83155)

Secretary of State. Election Papers (Series 364)