Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 16432

Washington County (Utah). County Recorder Abstracts (sectional land)

Dates: 1874-1992.

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

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

County recorders are required by Utah law to keep abstract records which show by tract, every conveyance, encumbrance or other recorded document pertaining to land within the county (Utah Code, Annotated, 1953, 17-21-6). Abstract Books B-B 4 and Abstracts: Sectional Land Range 10-20 provide a chronological history of ownership and encumbrances for all land in Washington County which lies outside of community surveys. Abstract entries indicate the type of document, note the dates it was created and filed, and name a grantee and grantor. They include a legal description of the property and indicate its location within the section. Abstract entries report where a transaction was acknowledged, name the acknowledging officer, tell when the entry was made in abstract, and indicate the book and page number where deeds or other documents were recorded.

Arrangement

For records created from 1872 to 1948, arrangement is numerical by section with sections ordered as recorded.For records created from 1945 to 1992, arrangement is geographical by township, section and range.

Washington County is organized into six-mile-square townships, identified by distance and direction from the Salt Lake base line and meridian. Each township is identified in terms of range and township, with range being distance west of the Salt Lake meridian, and township being the distance south of the base line. Each township is divided into 36 sections. Washington County occupies townships 37-43 south, at a range of 10-20 west of the Salt Lake meridian. Originally, the county recorder used Abstracts Books B-B4 for sectional land. He began a separate page for each section, and ordered sections chronologically as settlement or activity in that section warranted creating an abstract. He created a separate index to identify page numbers in the books were entries made for particular sections.

In about 1945 the recorder began a new set of books arranged strictly according to section, township and range, with separate pages for each section, divisions for each township, and separate books for each range. The first page of each section identifies the page and book number where entries for that section were last logged in the old system.

Related Records

Official records from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 7067, contain deeds and many other official documents referred to in the abstracts.

Deeds (Washington) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23262, contain deeds and other land related documents for the Washington area, referred to in the abstracts.

Deeds (Silver Reef) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23263, contain deeds and other land related documents referred to in the abstracts.

Deeds (Pine Valley) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23264, contain deeds and other land related documents for western and northern Washington County.

Deeds (Toquerville) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23265, contain deeds and other land related documents for eastern Washington County.

Deeds (Saint George) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23286, contain deeds and other land related documents for the Saint George area.

Abstracts (Saint George) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23554, contain abstracts for land within the surveyed city limits of Saint George.

Abstracts (towns) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23555, contain abstracts for land in surveyed communities other than Saint George.

Mining deeds from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23669, contain mining deeds and other mining related documents referred to in the abstracts.

Abstracts (mines) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23670, chronologically document activity on mining claims.

Mining proof of labor from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23671, contain proof of labor on mining claims as recorded in the abstracts.

Abstracts name index from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23693, provides reference by surname to abstract records.

Abstracts (subdivisions) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23731, contain abstract records for subdivisions in Washington County.

Abstracts index (sectional land) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23771, provides reference to abstracts based on location.

Mining notices of location from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 81372, contain mining notices of location which are referenced in the abstracts.

Mortgages from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 82705, contains mortgages and mortgages related documents referenced in the abstracts.

Plat maps from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 83898, contain maps showing property ownership by section or town lot.

Agreements and leases from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 84209, contain leases and agreements involving land.

Liens from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 84264, include copies of liens referred to in the abstracts.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

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

Processing Note

Utah State Archives microfilmed abstract record books for Washington County in July 1973, in May 1979, in January and February 1988, and again in January 1994. When this series was processed the 1973 and 1979 copies were deaccessioned, as well as the 1988 copies of range books and the 1994 copies of Abstract Books B-B4. This series was processed by Rosemary Cundiff in June 2001.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Separate indexes to this series are contained in Series 23771, ABSTRACTS INDEX (SECTIONAL LAND) and Series 23693, ABSTRACTS NAME INDEX. Other: Many deeds and other official documents recorded after 1900 contain an abstract reference in the upper left corner.

Indexing Terms

  • Land titles--Registration and transfer--Washington County (Utah).
  • Washington County (Utah)--Abstracts of title.

Container List

REEL DESCRIPTION
1 Abstract Record Book B-Abstract Record Book B 1, p. 247
2 Abstract Record Book B 1, p 248-Abstract Record B 3
3 Abstract Record Book B 4
4 Range 9 1/2, township 42, section 32-Range 11, township 40, section 16
5 Range 11, township 40, section 17-Range 13, township 41, section 14
6 Range 13, township 41, section 15-Range 15, township 41, section 36
7 Range 15, township 43, section 1-Range 15, township 42, section 34
8 Range 15, township 42, section 34-Range 16, township 42, section 36
9 Range 16, township 43, section 1-Range 17, township 43, section 36
10 Range 18, township 37, section 1-Range 20, township 43, section 36