Series 17540
District Court (Fourth District : Summit County) Orders and decrees

Dates: 1887-1967.

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

Scope and Content

Order and decree record books are a daily record of what documents were filed in the probate division of the court on a particular day. They contain details of the proceedings in estate cases. Personal name change cases may also appear. For deceased persons, the will, appraisals and inventories, and the settlements are recorded. For guardianships the appointment of a guardian and frequently an account of some property are noted. Adoption records give the full order of the adoption, often with statements from both the natural and adoptive parents or a social service agency detailing circumstances of the adoption.

Though no longer produced these record books provide useful information both for researchers seeking socioeconomic data on households and those seeking biographical or family history data such as information about the estate, the deceased, and the heirs. As with the minutes, access to the record books is easiest when done in conjunction with the register of actions, which provides the date of each action.


Chronological by date.

Research Note

Book A and Book B were both started by the clerk of the Territorial Probate Court in Summit County. Midway through Book B the entries transition from cases heard by the Territorial Probate Court to cases heard by the Third District Court of Summit County. Because the chronological arrangement remains consistent throughout these early Territorial record books have been kept with this series.

Related Records

Probate case files from the District Court (Third District : Summit County), Series 23288, contains the complete case files cited throughout these record books.

Probate registers of action from the District Court (Third District : Summit County), Series 26618, provide the date of each action for the cases cited here.

Custody History

These books were transferred to the State Archives from the court in April 2010.

Additional Forms

This series is available on microfilm.

Access Restrictions

This series is primarily classified as Public. The secondary classification is Exempt: UCA 78-30-15 (2008). As of 1 July 1999, adoptions become public after 100 years; until then they are sealed and only obtainable through the court. These books include occasional reference to adoptions.

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 Jim Kichas in May 2010.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Books A and B are self-indexed. There are no known indexes for the other books in the series.

Indexing Terms

  • Adoption--Utah--Summit County.
  • Guardian and ward--Utah--Summit County.
  • Executors and administrators--Utah--Summit County.

Container List

1 A 1887-1893
2 B 1893-1899
3 C 1899-1903
4 D 1903-1909
5 E 1909-1913
6 F 1913-1918
7 G 1918-1923
8 H 1923-1927
9 I 1927-1931
10 J 1931-1935
11 K 1935-1939
12 L 1939-1943
13 M 1943-1947
14 N 1947-1953
15 O 1953-1963
16 P 1963-1967

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.