Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 3166

Washington County (Utah). County Clerk Birth registers

Dates: 1898-1905.

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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

These birth registers have entries from 1898 into 1905 showing date of birth, sex, race, color, parents, and residence. The second volume also includes name of child; place of birth; whether a twin, triplet, or other; and name of attendant. Beginning in 1898, physicians and midwives were required to keep record of each birth at which they assisted professionally. In their absence, parents were required to make a report. They then reported quarterly to the county clerk or in the case of incorporated cities, to the local board of health and they would in turn report to the county clerk. In 1905, the state passed a law requiring each county to file a uniform certificate with the State Bureau of Vital Statistics.

The first volume is actually a combined Record of Births and Deaths. Pages 1-10 record births while pages 121-123 record deaths (series 23520). The segments were filmed separately for clarity and research convenience.

Arrangement

Chronological by year but not by month. Entries were recorded in order of report, not by date of birth.

Related Records

Death registers from Washington County (Utah). County Clerk, Series 23520, includes the deaths recorded with births in the first volume, Birth and Death register, of this series.

Birth certificates from the Department of Health. Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Series 81443, records this information after 1904 but does not become public or available through the Archives until 100 years after birth.

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

Series 3166, at that time combined birth and death registers, was processed by M. Call in September 1998. These birth and death volumes initially were filmed out of order. The hardcopy was filmed again in 2001 as two separate series (series 3166-births and series 23520-deaths). The birth and death register (box 1) is shared between series 3166 and series 23520. The second volume of births appears twice on the film; the second filming includes a page at the end missed in initial filming. This inventory was updated accordingly in 2002.

Indexing Terms

  • Registers of births, etc.—Washington County (Utah).
  • Washington County (Utah)—Statistics, Vital.

Container List

REEL BOX DESCRIPTION
1 1 1898 Jan - 1903 Dec: P. 1-10 in "Record of Births and Deaths"
1 2 1903 Jan - 1905 Apr: "Register of Births;" filmed twice--second filming has an additional page dated 1903 at the end whic was missed in initial filming