Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 21023

District Court (Second District : Weber County) Probate Court index

Dates: 1851-1899.

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

Scope and Content

The Index to Probate Files was created by the Weber County Clerk (in his capacity as clerk of the Probate Court) to record the names and assigned case numbers of parties in both court actions and various county matters thus facilitating clerical management of and access to these files. Entries are hand written.

The Weber County Probate Court Clerk maintained the probate files index (presumably Probate Index Book "1") through the territorial period.When statehood was achieved in 1896 the probate court was dissolved and the state district court probate division created. Although not exclusively an index to probate matters, estate cases make up the majority of the entries. The index records 810 probate cases spanning a 48-year period (1851 to September 1899). Included are guardianship and adoption cases. Also indexed are cases stemming from the Probate Court's jurisdiction in matters of divorce and the incorporation of businesses in Weber County.

The clerk also used the index to note a wide variety of county government records relative to the county court (territorial) and commission (statehood); various county officers, commissions, and boards; bonds; elections and campaigns; contracts and bids; boundary with Davis County; estray sales and notices; hospital; insurance policies; inquests; insane persons; inventory; justice of the peace; jury lists; county licenses; marriage license applications, licenses, and certificates; notary public commissions; ordinances; probate papers (old); reports; road matters; schools; tax matters; water rights; and wills.

Arrangement

Alphabetical by first two letters of surname.

Research Note

This volume is the only index to Weber County case files which has been transferred to the archives (the archives does hold indices to individual probate record books). For most probate cases filed since 1899 it is advisable to obtain the file number from the Weber County District Court Clerk. Reference service on probate cases filed from 1970 to the present is provided exclusively by the Court Clerk. Evidently the current probate case numbering system began approximately 1897. When cases originally filed with the Weber County Probate Court (between 1851 and 1896) were transferred to the district court, the territorial cases as well as those filed during the first year of statehood were assigned numbers presumably based on an existing alphabetic arrangement (cases 1-671). The probate court clerk also served as the county clerk. The probate judge and the county selectmen formed an agency known as the County Court which later became the County Commission, thus causing great confusion in the law and records between the Probate Court and the County Court.

Related Records

Probate record books from the District Court (Second District : Weber County), Series 6405, include copies of wills, bonds, letters testamentary, and related probate documents

Probate case files from the District Court (Second District : Weber County), Series 6874, are indexed partially by the probate index

Probate minute books from the District Court (Second District : Weber County), Series 9635, include a daily record of documents filed and actions taken with regard to probate cases

Probate registers of action from the District Court (Second District : Weber County), Series 26955, is comprised of an index book kept by the court which can be used to locate early probate index numbers.

Custody History

The Weber County Clerk was constitutionally designated as ex-officio clerk of Second District Court in and for Weber County until 1989 when the state assumed responsibility for the district court. The county clerk maintained custody of the probate files index until it was transferred to the archives in December 1998.

Additional Forms

This series is available on microfilm.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public: Judicial records are public unless restricted under rules of civil procedure (UCA 63G-2-301-[1][f]). Included are custody proceedings, guardianship files, minutes, and probate records..

Preferred Citation

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

Gaps in Series

This volume is the only index to Weber County case files which has been transferred to the archives (the archives does hold indices to individual probate record books). For most probate cases filed since 1899 it is advisable to obtain the file number from the Weber County District Court Clerk. Reference service on probate cases filed from 1970 to the present is provided exclusively by the Court Clerk.

Processing Note

The Weber County Clerk's Vault Index, 1883-1890 (series 83324), seems to have been incorporated into the Index to Probate Files, making the earlier volume obsolete. It was deaccessioned during processing. The Utah Judicial Council has determined that indexes are permanent records. Archival processing of the probate files index was completed in May 2001 by W. Glen Fairclough, Jr., and updated following microfilming of the index in April 2002.

Finding Aids

Other: A research guide is available for patron use.

Indexing Terms

  • Probate records--Weber County (Utah).
  • Trials--Weber County (Utah).
  • Weber County (Utah)--Recording and registration.
  • Weber County (Utah)--Criminal courts.
  • Weber County (Utah)--Parties to actions.

Container List

REEL BOX DESCRIPTION
N/A 1 1851-1890
1 1 1890-1899