Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 11796

District Court (First District : Box Elder County) Probate case files

Dates: 1906-

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Scope and Content

Probate case files from the First District Court in Box Elder County primarily involve the probate of estates for deceased persons and guardianship for minors and incompetent persons. Probate is judicial oversight of property in transition. Probate of estates is the process by which a deceased person's property is identified and maintained, his debts and taxes paid, and then remaining property distributed to beneficiaries as specified in a will or as required by law for persons who die intestate (without a will). In guardianship cases probate is the establishment of a guardian for minors or incompetent adults who hold property that needs management. In addition to probate these case files also include name changes and some adoptions.

Utah's Territorial Assembly established original jurisdiction over the probate of estates and the guardianship of incompetent persons with county probate courts in 1852 (An Act in Relation to the Judiciary. Acts, Resolutions, and Memorials passed by the First Annual, and Special Sessions of the Legislative Assembly. Great Salt Lake City, 1852, Brigham H. Young, Printer. pp. 38-48). That jurisdiction transferred to the probate divisions of District Courts when County Probate Courts were abolished at statehood.

The probate process includes three parts. First, a petitioner must file with the court the documents necessary to have the court appoint a representative. Documents relating to this process include wills, petitions, letters of administration, bonds, etc., and a court order appointing an administrator, executor, or guardian. Second, the appointed representative does all that is necessary to manage the property through the period of transition. Documents filed here might include a court order appointing appraisers, notices to creditors, estate inventories, various kinds of financial statements, receipts, bills, and the court-appointed representative's final report. Finally, when all requirements have been met, such as all bills paid or a minor has become of age, the court mandates a final settlement and releases the representative from any further responsibility.

The Territorial Legislature made provision for formal adoptions in 1884 and assigned jurisdiction to County Probate Courts (Compiled Laws of Utah, vol. II, 1888, part 5, chapter 4). Adoption case files include a formal petition, documents supporting the petition and the court's final decree. In this series adoption case files begin in 1893. Whereas early adoptions were open to the public and sometimes published in the newspaper, adoptions later became private. Most adoption records in this series are closed to public access (see access restrictions note). In addition to probate and adoption, case files this series also include official name changes.

Arrangement

Numerical by case number.

Research Note

Filming of this series took place in the late 1970's and was done by the 1st District Court in Box Elder County. These microfilm copies were provided to the Utah State Archives by the court. Original paper files were presumably destroyed after filming. Archival processing of the records did not take place prior to filming. This should be noted as cases on the first 25 reels frequently appear out of order and are not easily searchable.

Related Records

Probate record books from the District Court (First District : Box Elder County), Series 17456, contains copies of compiled judgments and orders from this series.

Probate registers of actions from the District Court (First District : Box Elder County), Series 26049, can be used to trace the history of individual actions from these case files.

Index to probate registers from the District Court (First District : Box Elder County), Series 26051, contains the complete case files indexed by the book in this series.

Probate minute books from the District Court (First District : Box Elder County), Series 26052, can be used to identify individual case files that appear in this series.

Additional Forms

This series is available on microfilm.

Access Restrictions

Utah law, enacted in 1941, sealed all adoption records with the exception that they can be released upon a court order expressly permitting inspection (Laws of Utah, 1941, chapter 17, 14-1-15). This restriction has subsequently been amended (1999) to allow public access one hundred years after the date of final decree or access as provided for in a mutual consent registry (Utah Code 78-30-15, 18). The probate division's jurisdiction over adoptions preceded the enactment of these laws and therefore many adoption records were filed and microfilmed among probate cases. Utah State Archives staff supervises access to this series in order to provide access to probate records, but not to adoption records.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

The finding aid for this series was created by Jim Kichas in May 2006. Inventorying of individual microfilm reels and creation of the associated container list was completed by Allen Clark in January 2006.

Indexing Terms

Container List

REEL DATE DESCRIPTION
1 1879-1886 A-R
2 1885-1899 R-Z
2 1885-1899 1-4
3 1899-1904 4-15
4 1900-1905 15-21
5 1888-1892 22-27
6 1888-1889 28-35
7 1889-1892 35-45
8 1892 45-52
9 1890-1892 52-60
10 1890 60-70
11 1891-1901 70-76
12 1893-1901 77-84
13 1893-1895 84-91
14 1895-1902 91-100
15 1902-1903 100-111
16 1902-1903 111-118
17 1903 118-131
18 1903 131-143
19 1897-1904 144-157
20 1897 157-167
21 1897-1898 167-184
22 1898-1905 184-194
23 1898-1905 194-201
24 1898-1905 201-215
25 1905-1906 216-232
26 1906 233-252
27 1906-1907 252-275
28 1907 276-296
29 1907 296-312
30 1907-1908 312-328
31 1908 328-336
32 1908 336-357
33 1908-1909 358-375
34 1909 375-409
35 1909-1911 409-437
36 1911 437-452
37 1911 453-478
38 1911-1912 478-501
39 1912 501-516
40 1912-1913 517-534
41 1913 535-555
42 1913-1914 556-582
43 1914 583-604
44 1914 605-624
45 1914-1915 625-638
45 1914-1915 1-10
46 1915 10-30
47 1915-1916 31-50
48 1916 50-65
49 1916 65-81
50 1916 81-93
51 1916-1917 94-108
52 1917 109-111
53 1917 111-114
54 1917 114-119
55 1917 119
51 1916-1917 120-121
55 1917 122-127
51 1916-1917 128
55 1917 129-135
56 1917-1918 135-137
51 1916-1917 138-147
57 1917 148-169
56 1917-1918 171
57 1917 172
58 1917-1918 172-173
56 1917-1918 174
58 1917-1918 175-183
56 1917-1918 184
58 1917-1918 185-193
56 1917-1918 194
58 1917-1918 195-199
59 1918 200
56 1917-1918 201
59 1918 202-204
60 1918-1919 205
59 1918 206
60 1918-1919 207-209
59 1918 210-218
60 1918-1919 219
59 1918 220-224
60 1918-1919 236
61 1918 237-253
62 1918 253-265
63 1918-1919 265-283
64 1919 284-291
60 1918-1919 292
64 1919 293-313
65 1919 314-327
60 1918-1919 328
65 1919 329-343
66 1919-1920 344-348
60 1918-1919 349
66 1919-1920 350-354
60 1918-1919 355
66 1919-1920 356-372
67 1920 373-393
68 1919-1931 394
67 1920 395-398
69 1920 399-416
68 1919-1931 417
69 1920 418-419
70 1920 419-425
68 1919-1931 426
70 1920 427-438
71 1920-1921 438-464
72 1921 464-481
73 1921 482-487
68 1919-1931 488-489
73 1921 490-500
74 1921-1922 501-520
75 1922 521-524
68 1919-1931 525
75 1922 526-543
76 1922 543-561
77 1922-1923 562-581
78 1923 582-603
79 1923 603-626
80 1923 627-648
81 1923-1924 648-679
82 1924 679-700
83 1924-1925 700-733
84 1925-1926 734-758
85 1926 759-780
86 1926 781-810
87 1926-1927 811-828
88 1927 828-858
89 1927-1928 859-883
90 1928 884-912
91 1928 913-926
68 1919-1931 927
91 1928 928
68 1919-1931 929
91 1928 930-941
92 1928-1929 941-966
93 1929 966-991
94 1929 991-1000
95 1929-1930 1000-1032
96 1930 1033-1057
97 1930 1057-1093
98 1930-1931 1094-1109
68 1919-1931 1110
98 1930-1931 1111-1113
99 1931 1114-1130
100 1931 1131-1148
101 1931-1932 1149-1173
102 1932 1173-1199
103 1932 1199-1209
104 1932-1933 1209-1236
105 1933 1236-1262
106 1933-1934 1263-1290
107 1934 1290-1319
108 1934 1320-1342
109 1934-1935 1342-1369
110 1935 1370-1397
111 1935-1936 1398-1422
112 1936 1422-1448
113 1936 1449-1478
114 1936-1937 1478-1507
115 1937 1508-1537
116 1937-1938 1538-1569
117 1938 1569-1596
118 1938 1597-1621
119 1938-1939 1621-1651
120 1939 1652-1670
121 1939 1671-1703
122 1939-1940 1704-1730
123 1940 1731-1763
124 1940 1764-1800
125 1940-1941 1800-1828
126 1941 1828-1865
127 1941-1942 1866-1894
128 1942 1895-1919
129 1942-1943 1919-1950
130 1943 1950-1971
131 1943 1972-2002
132 1943-1944 2003-2034
133 1944 2035-2062
134 1944-1945 2062-2088
135 1945 2089-2123
136 1945 2124-2142
137 1945-1946 2142-2169
138 1946 2170-2209
139 1946-1947 2210-2240
140 1947 2240-2269
141 1947 2269-2295
142 1947-1948 2297-2333
143 1948 2334-2370
144 1948-1949 2370-2396
145 1949 2396-2427
146 1949 2428-2458
147 1949 2458-2482
148 1949-1950 2482-2515
149 1950 2516-2552
150 1950-1951 2553-2586
151 1951 2587-2624
152 1951-1952 2625-2644
153 1952 2645-2677
154 1952 2678-2708
155 1952 2708-2732
156 1952-1953 2732-2765
157 1953 2766-2795
158 1953-1954 2795-2818
159 1954 2818-2853
160 1954 2854-2891
161 1954-1955 2892-2919
162 1955-1956 2920-2942
163 1956 2943-2991
164 1956-1958 2992-3021
165 1956-1959 3022-3061
166 1957 3062-3085
167 1957 3086-3127
168 1958 3127-3162
169 1958-1959 3163-3195
170 1959 3196-3225
171 1959 3225-3253
172 1959 3254-3281
173 1959-1960 3281-3318
174 1960 3318-3364
175 1960-1961 3364-3400
176 1961 3401-3424
177 1961-1962 3424-3459
178 1962 3459-3497
179 1962 3498-3537
180 1962-1963 3537-3575
181 1963 3575-3606
182 1963 3606-3642
183 1963-1964 3643-3672
184 1964 3672-3709
185 1964 3709-3744
186 1964 3744-3786
187 1965 3787-3821
188 1965 3821-3852
189 1965-1966 3852-3885
190 1966 3885-3936
191 1966 3937-3983
192 1966-1967 3983-4034
193 1967-1968 4034-4072
194 1967-1968 4072-4112
195 1967-1968 4113-4159
196 1968 4160-4193
197 1968-1969 4193-4228
198 1969 4228-4255
199 1969 4256-4303
200 1969-1970 4304-4350
201 1970 4350-4389
202 1970-1971 4389-4440
203 1971 4441-4479
204 1972 4480-4510
205 1972 4514-4539
206 1972 4541-4566
207 1972-1973 4567-4598
208 1973 4599-4635
209 1973-1974 4636-4675
210 1974 4676-4710