Utah Department of Administrative Services

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Territorial Court Records

Territorial probate record

The legislature of the proposed State of Deseret approved on January 9, 1850 county courts and justices of the peace. County Probate Courts were established by the legislature in January 1851 in each county to conduct matters relating to estates; guardianships of minors, idiots, and insane persons; and divorces. They could also hear appeals from justice of the peace courts. The territorial legislature in 1852 granted probate courts jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases and over chancery matters and the drawing of jury lists (Utah Laws 1851: 43, § 30). In 1855, the territorial legislature passed an "Act in Relation to the Judiciary" which gave local probate courts the same original jurisdiction as the district courts.

Related: Utah Territory Project

Probate Courts

Beaver County (Utah). Probate Court.  
Probate case files, 1876-1894 Series 26592
Record Books, 1856-1897 Series 14893
Divorce case files, 1876, 1886 Series 24298
Box Elder County (Utah). Probate Court  
Civil and criminal case files, 1856; 1873 Series 9642
Adoption record book, 1888 Series 772
Divorce records, 1868-1887 Series 26104
Wills, 1872-1890 Series 25835
Record Books, 1856-1877 Series 82970
Certificates of citizenship record, 1868-1869 Series 85171
Cache County (Utah). Probate Court  
Civil case files, 1860-1887 Series 23726
Cedar County (Utah). Probate Court  
Minutes, 1859-1862. Series 17493
Davis County (Utah). Probate Court  
Divorce case files, 1875-1886 Series 4700
Divorce register of actions, 1877; 1880 Series 4731
Land claim records, 1870-1894 Series 4735
Divorce minute book, 1877 Series 23694
Minute books, 1854-1872 Series 25012
Estate Register of Actions, 1883-1896 Series 25013
Probate bonds and letters record book, 1877-1895. Series 25014
Record Books, 1853-1896 Series 25004
Garfield County (Utah). Probate Court  
Probate record book, 1885-1892. Series 26258
Iron County (Utah). Probate Court  
Minutes, 1853-1868 Series 17477
Land certificates (Parowan), 1872-1879 Series 23642
Probate record book, 1868-1870. Series 27438
Juab County (Utah). Probate Court  
Minutes, 1859-1866. Series 13096
Kane County (Utah). Probate Court  
Record Books, 1864-1896 Series 24249
Millard County (Utah). Probate Court  
Land deeds and transfers record book, 1854-1866 Series 21874
Minutes, 1854-1862. Series 26151
Rich County (Utah). Probate Court  
Land ownership decisions, 1873, 1889 Series 9561
Land certificates, 1871-1873 Series 9562
Record books, 1865-1888 Series 25834
Docket book, 1886-1887 Series 25840
Salt Lake County (Utah). Probate Court  
Miscellaneous case files, 1852-1871 Series 27372
Debtor/creditor judgment book, 1872-1874 Series 3946
Civil and criminal case docket book, 1852-1887 Series 3944
Civil and criminal case minute book, 1860-1887 Series 3939
Land claim record books, 1871-1894 Series 3934
Civil and criminal case files, 1852-1887 Series 373
Declarations of intention and certificates of citizenship, 1852-1872 Series 85109
Sanpete County (Utah). Probate Court  
Criminal dockets and cases, 1859-1873 Series 13469
Divorces, 1873-1887 Series 14697
Land adjudication record book, 1870-1873 Series 26604
Record of bonds, 1876-1894 Series 26606
Minutes, 1852-1896 Series 17693
Probate docket book, 1889 – 1896 Series 26607
Land applications, 1892 Series 26608
Probate record books, 1885 - 1897 Series 26601
Record books, 1855 - 1896 Series 26609
Declaratory statements, 1869-1890 Series 26746
Sevier County (Utah). Probate Court  
Record book, 1865-1874 Series 23908
Elsinore townsite book, 1888-1889 Series 26343
Record book, 1865-1886 Series 27477
Summit County (Utah). Probate Court  
Administrators' record book, 1883-1890. Series 27441
Guardians and executors record, 1884-1888. Series 27440
Record books, 1882-1913. Series 27442
Tooele County (Utah). Probate Court  
Minute books, 1859-1888 Series 14650
Record books, 1859-1892 Series 1422
Administrative records, 1876-1885 Series 26157
Utah County (Utah). Probate Court  
Land title claims registers, 1869-1870 Series 5040
Cost books, 1861-1896. Series 25989
Divorce case files, 1863-1888. [may contain some probate] Series 20941
Minute books, 1861-1876, 1885-1896. Series 25951
Wasatch County (Utah). Probate Court  
Administrator’s Record Book, 1883-1898 Series 84148
Guardians and executors record book, 1885-1894. Series 84147
Inventory appraisement and sale record book, 1885-1897. Series 84152
Probate record, 1891-1901. Series 84161
Washington County (Utah). Probate Court  
Civil and Criminal Record Books, 1856-1886 Series 3168
United Order incorporation records, 1874-1878 Series 3190
Religious property trustee appointment Book, 1895 Series 23776
Claims abstracts, 1871-1882 Series 23578
Estate accounts registers, 1876-1895. Series 23734
Estate claims register, 1882-1889. Series 23740
Land claims adjudication record books, 1873-1886 Series 22875
Criminal case files, 1865-1894 Series 26248
Probate record books, 1877-1897 Series 26590
Civil and probate case files, 1864-1895 Series 26638
Weber County (Utah). Probate Court  
Fee book, 1890-1893 Series 5134
Guardians record, 1884-1895. Series 83900
Probate Minute Books, 1883-1896 Series 5142
Civil and criminal case files, 1852-1887 Series 1593
Declarations of intention record book, 1860-1866 Series 20786
Civil and criminal registers of action, 1868-1887 Series 83901

Territorial District Courts

More information on the federal intervention.

First District

Articles of incorporation record books, 1888-1890. Series 17798
Case files, 1851-1885. Series 25011
Grand jury dockets, i 1883-1886. Series 1526
Grand jury minutes, i 1886-1893. Series 1525
Grand jury reports, i 1895-1896. Series 1527
Judgment record book, 1878-1890. Series 24807
Minute books, 1851-1896. Series 10035
Northern division civil and criminal case files, i 1878-1891. Series 1529
Plaintiff index, 1878-1890. Series 21018
Southern Division civil case files, 1873-1896. Series 25941
Southern Division civil registers of actions, 1873-1880, 1885-1896. Series 25949
Southern division criminal case files, i 1875-1895. Series 1521
Southern Division criminal registers of actions, 1874-1896. Series 25950
Southern Division index to civil register of actions, 1873-1880. Series 25953
Southern Division index to plaintiffs and defendants, 1885-1896. Series 25952
Southern Division minute books, 1873-1896. Series 25965
U.S. Commissioner docket books, 1891-1894. Series 5037
U.S. Commissioner Will G. Farrell Cache County criminal docket, 1894-1904. Series 26266
Unlawful cohabitation register of action book, 1890-1891. Series 28377

Second District

Certificate of naturalization record books, 1878-1896. Series 26729
Certificates of citizenship record books, i 1878-1895. Series 85175
Civil case index, 1892-1896. Series 24552
Civil registers of actions, 1880-1897. Series 24550
Criminal case files, 1855-1895. Series 24291
Criminal case index, 1889-1892. Series 24553
Criminal docket, 1874-1895. Series 27472
Criminal registers of actions, 1888-1897. Series 24346
Declarations of intention record book, i 1874-1895. Series 85174
Final case records, 1888-1889. Series 24071
General indexes, 1852-1896. Series 24247
Grand jury minute book, 1893-1895. Series 26728
Judgment docket, 1889-1897. Series 26727
Judgment index, 1890-1896. Series 24554
Judgment record, 1888-1895. Series 24129
Minute books, 1852-1896. Series 5319

Third District

Articles of incorporation record books, 1887-1896 Series 19481
Case file index, 1871-1896. Series 3243
Case files, 1851-1896. Series 9802
Certificates of citizenship record books, i 1880-1895. Series 85110
Civil and criminal registers of action, 1870-1871. Series 20011
Civil case minutes, 1874-1875. Series 1625
Civil judgment dockets, 1871-1896. Series 24319
Civil registers of actions, 1871-1896. Series 22610
Criminal case docket book, s 1890. Series 3834
Criminal registers of actions, 1882-1896. Series 22664
Declarations of intention, 1870-1887. Series 1656
Declarations of intention record books, i 1869-1895. Series 85111
Grand jury minute books, 1878-1896. Series 1635
Incorporation case files, 1887-1896 Series 3845
Judgment docket indexes, 1871-1896. Series 24337
Judgment record book indexes, 1891-1895. Series 24809
Judgment record books, 1870-1896. Series 24336
Salt Lake County docket book, 1889-1908. Series 4576
Summit County declarations of intention, i 1871-1878. Series 1428
Territorial criminal case files, 1882-1896. Series 6836
Territorial minute books, i 1858-1896. Series 1649
Tobin case correspondence, 1871-1877. Series 17148
U.S. Commissioner's docket books, 1885-1896 Series 26571
U.S. Commissioner civil and criminal case files, 1889-1895. Series 82995
U.S. Commissioner criminal case docket book, 1889-1895. Series 4662
U.S. Commissioner criminal case record book, 1890-1895. Series 3928
U.S. Commissioner Harmel Pratt's civil case docket books, 1889-1894. Series 4887
U.S. Commissioner Harmel Pratt's criminal docket book, 1889-1892. Series 4879
U.S. Commissioner John W. Greenman's civil case docket book, 1889-1890. Series 4891
U.S. Commissioner Salt Lake County warrants, 1886-1896. Series 5154
U.S. Commissioner W.C. Jennings civil and criminal docket book, 1894-1895. Series 4878

Fourth District

Cache county minute book, 1894-1895. Series 3588
Certificates of citizenship record books, i 1894-1896. Series 85170
Civil and criminal registers of actions, 1878-1896. Series 17825
Criminal case files, 1889-1895. Series 1629
Criminal registers of actions, 1889-1895. Series 17462
Declarations of intention record books, i 1878-1895. Series 85169
Findings of fact and conclusions of law record books, 1892-1896. Series 1583
Grand jury financial statements, 1893 Series 1632
Grand jury list, 1894 Series 1631
Grand jury report book, 1893 Series 4201
Grand jury reports, 1892-1894. Series 1630
Judgment dockets, 1878-1896. Series 24335
Judgment index, ca. 1878-1892. Series 24808
Judgment record books, 1892-1896. Series 84165
Loyalty oaths, 1893-1895. Series 5289
Minute books, 1878-1896. Series 5062
Plaintiff's index, 1880-ca. 1895. Series 1666
U.S. Commissioner A.C. Bishop's Weber county criminal docket book, 1891-1893. Series 5069
U.S. Commissioner Achilles Perrin's Weber county docket books, 1891-1898. Series 5103
U.S. Commissioner B. Ternes' Weber county docket book, 1892-1895. Series 24059
U.S. Commissioner Cache County civil docket books, 1890-1896. Series 3686
U.S. Commissioner Cache County docket books, 1887-1898. Series 3671
U.S. Commissioner E.T. Hulaniski's Weber county docket books, 1891-1895. Series 24056
U.S. Commissioner M.A. Breeden's Weber county docket book, 1892 Series 24058
U.S. Commissioner Valentine Gideon's Weber county docket books, 1893-1895. Series 24057
Weber County civil case transcripts, 1898 Series 5086
Weber County oaths of allegiance, 1893-1895. Series 83727