Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 3922

Salt Lake County (Utah). County Clerk Birth registers

Dates: i 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 records contain birth registers recorded during the years 1898 through 1905. Each entry has the sex, color, race, date of birth, place, father's name, mother's name, residence, and attending physician. Registers between 1904-1905 also include information about legitimacy, number of children by mother including stillbirths, parent's ages and birthplaces.

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. (Revised Statutes of Utah 1898, Title 57, p. 474-475)

In 1905, the state passed a law requiring each county to file a uniform certificate with the State Bureau of Vital Statistics.

Arrangement

These records are chronological by year but not by month. Entries were recorded in order of report, not by date of birth.

Related Records

Birth register index from Salt Lake County (Utah). County Clerk, Series 19063, This series contains the index for the Salt Lake birth register, Book B.

Birth certificates from the Department of Health. Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Series 81443, This series contains birth certificates filed with the Bureau of Vital Records beginning in 1904.

Custody History

These records were transferred to the State Archives by the county before the creation of the Salt Lake County Archives. Hard copy was returned to the county archives 26 July 2001; a microfilm reference copy was retained by the Utah State Archives.

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

This series was processed by M. Call in September 1998. Hard copy was returned to the Salt Lake County Archives 26 July 2001; a microfilm reference copy was retained by the Utah State Archives.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Series 19063, Salt Lake birth register index, indexes these records. It is arranged alphabetically by the father's surname with page references to the register books, covering from 1904 thru 1905. Indexes: An electronic index has been created by Archives staff,.

Indexing Terms

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

Container List

REEL DESCRIPTION
1 Register A; 1898 - 1904
1 Register B; 1904 - 1905