Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 23555

Washington County (Utah). County Recorder Abstracts (towns)

Dates: 1863-1992.

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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). Each abstract entry indicates the kind of document, notes the dates it was created and filed, and names a grantee and grantor. It contains a legal description of the property and identifies a location in terms of plat, block and lot number. Abstracts report where transactions were acknowledged, name acknowledging officers, indicate when entries were in the abstract and tell the book and page number where deeds or other documents were recorded. Entries in Abstract Books D and D 1 were later carried forward in Abstracts: Towns. These records provide a chronological history of ownership and encumbrances for each town lot within Washington County communities other than the city of Saint George, with the exception that abstracts for Hurricane and Santa Clara begin in books A and A 1, but are later carried forward in Abstracts Indexes: Towns.

Arrangement

By community, thereunder by block number.

The recorder arranged abstracts in Book D by community, and thereunder by block number. As pages became full, he carried entries forward on other blank pages in the book. When Book D was full, he carried forward entries into Book D 1, and as he did so the books became progressively more unorganized.

Ca. 1945 the recorder began a new set of books, Abstracts: Towns, in which he carried forward entries for all communities except Saint George, keeping entries for each community separate and ordered according to block number. Communities were not ordered alphabetically, but as follows: Abstracts: Towns Book 1: Grafton, Springdale, Rockville, Virgin City, Virgin town and field, Toquerville, LaVerkin town and field; Abstracts: Towns Book 2: Hurricane town, Hurricane field, Leeds town, New Harmony, town, New Harmony farm; Abstracts: Towns Book 3: Harrisburg town, Middleton town, Washington City, Santa Clara town and field; Abstracts: Towns Book 4: Ivins town, Central town, Enterprise town, Gunlock town; Pine Valley, Pinto, St. George & Santa Clara Bench Irrigation Company Survey.

Related Records

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

Abstracts (sectional land) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 16432, contain abstracts for sectional land in Washington County.

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

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

Deeds (Pine Valley) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23264, contain deeds and other official documents referred to in the abstracts.

Deeds (Toquerville) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23265, contain deeds and other official documents referred to in the abstracts.

Land certificates from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23279, contain land certificates referred to in the abstracts.

Abstracts (Saint George) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23554, contain abstracts for the city of Saint George as well as early abstracts for Hurricane and Santa Clara.

Abstracts name index from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23693, provides reference by surname to individuals whose names appear in the abstracts.

Abstracts index (towns) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23718, provides reference by location to entries in Abstract Books D and D 1.

Abstracts (subdivisions) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23731, contain abstracts for all subdivision development in Washington County.

Mortgages from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 82705, contain mortgages and other mortgage related documents referred to in the abstracts.

Miscellaneous record books from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 82707, contain miscellaneous official documents referred to in the abstracts.

Plat maps from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 83898, include maps of several community surveys as well as maps of each block identifying lot numbers and naming property owners.

Deeds from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 84219, contain early deeds and other official documents referred to in the abstracts.

Liens from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 84264, contain lien records 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 February and March 1988, and again in January 1994. When this series was processed the 1973 and 1979 microfilm copies were deaccessioned, as well as the 1988 copies of the Towns books, and the 1994 copies of Abstract Books D and D 1. This series was processed by Rosemary Cundiff in June 2001.

Finding Aids

Indexes: A brief and incomplete index appears at the beginning of Book D 1. For additional indexes, see related records.

Indexing Terms

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

Container List

REEL DESCRIPTION
1 Abstract Book D-Abstract Book D 1; 1863-1978
2 Towns Book 1- Towns Book 3, Washington block 22; 1945-1992
3 Towns Book 3, Washington block 23- Towns Book 4; 1945-1992