Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 17831

District Court (4th). Duchesne County Probate record books

Dates: 1927-1966.

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

Scope and Content

Probate record books are a daily record of what documents were filed in court on a particular day. They contain details of the proceedings in estate cases. Personal name change cases may also appear. For deceased persons, the will, appraisals and inventories, and the settlements are recorded. For guardianships the appointment of a guardian and frequently an account of some property are noted. Adoption records give the full order of the adoption, often with statements from both the natural and adoptive parents or a social service agency detailing circumstances of the adoption.

Though no longer produced these record books provide useful information both for researchers seeking socioeconomic data on households and those seeking biographical or family history data such as information about the estate, the deceased, and the heirs. As with the minutes, access to the record books is easiest when done in conjunction with the register of actions, which provides the date of each action.

Arrangement

Chronological by date.

In the first volume of this series (Book 4) the arrangement is alphabetical. In subsequent volumes the arrangement is chronological with an alphabetical index appearing at the beginning of each book.

Research Note

Between 1908 and 1927 the court kept probate registers of action and probate record books bound together in single volumes. After 1927 the records were split into distinct volumes. Researchers looking for probate record book prior to 1927 should consult series 27413.

Related Records

Civil case files from the District Court (Eighth District : Duchesne County), Series 6620, contains the entire case file relating to the judgments issued in these docket books.

Probate case files from the District Court (Eighth District : Duchesne County), Series 27248, more fully document court proceedings as they relate to individual cases.

Probate registers of actions from the District Court (Eighth District : Duchesne County), Series 27413, more fully document court proceedings as they relate to individual cases.

Probate minute books from the District Court (4th). Duchesne County, Series 27422, more fully document court proceedings as they relate to individual cases.

Custody History

The books in this series were transferred to the State Archives by the court in April 2010.

Access Restrictions

This series is primarily classified as Public. The secondary classification is Exempt: UCA 78-30-15 (2008). As of 1 July 1999, adoptions become public after 100 years; until then they are sealed and only obtainable through the court. These books include occasional reference to adoptions.

Preferred Citation

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

Processing Note

This series was processed by Jim Kichas in April 2010.

Finding Aids

Indexes: An alphabetical index is located at the beginning of each register.

Indexing Terms

Container List

REEL VOLUME DESCRIPTION
1 4 1927-1947
2 5 1947-1952
2 6 1952-1958
3 7 1959-1966