Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 24144

Utah County (Utah). County Clerk Death registers

Dates: 1898-1905.

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

Scope and Content

These records register deaths in Utah County for the years 1898 to 1905, as required by law of the county clerk. Each entry has the decedent's name, age, sex, race, color, term of residence in city or county, birthplace, marital status, occupation, last place of residence, cause of death, date of death, and the entry's assigned number. The second volume adds the name of the person making the report. The third also includes birthplace of parents, and burial date and place.

Beginning in 1898, each physician, clergyman, justice of the peace, and undertaker was required to keep a registry of the name, age, residence, and time of death of the decedent. Each person registering deaths filed quarterly with the county clerk or the local board of health in the case of incorporated cities (Revised Statutes of Utah 1898, Title 57, p. 474-475).

In 1905, the Utah legislature passed a law that required uniform death certificates to be filed with the local registrar who in turn filed with the State Bureau of Vital Statistics.

Arrangement

These volumes are arranged chronologically. Entries were recorded in order of report, not by date of death, although filing date was usually close to death date. The third volume is arranged alphabetically by initial letter of surname, thereunder chronologically.

Related Records

Death certificates from the Department of Health. Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Series 81448, include death records for Utah County after 1904.

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

The series was microfilmed by the Utah State Archives in March 2002 with the original volumes returned to the office following filming. The series was processed by A. C. Cone in April 2002.

Finding Aids

Indexes: The first two volumes contain name indexes by initial letter of surname at the beginning of each volume. The third volume is not indexed, but is arranged by initial letter of surname,.

Indexing Terms

  • Death—Proof and certification—Utah County (Utah).
  • Utah County (Utah)—Statistics, Vital.

Container List

REEL DESCRIPTION
1 First Volume; 1898 - 1902
1 Second Volume; 1898 - 1905
1 Third Volume; 1904 - 1905