District Court (Fourth District : Uintah County) Probate registers of action
These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.
Scope and Content
Probate registers of action list each action taken in the cases presented to the probate division of Eighth District Court: Uintah County. In addition to handling the estates of deceased persons, the probate division also dealt with adoptions, guardianships, and insanity and incompetency cases. The court was responsible for adjudicating and conveying ownership of town site lands (Utah Code, 57-7-19,1953). Occasionally, the court handled name changes and inquests regarding the cause of a death. In each case the probate register indicates the name or names of the individuals involved, the kind of case, and the name of the petitioner's attorney, followed by a list of each action taken in the case and the date that action was taken.
Some examples of the kinds of actions recorded for estates might be petitions for admitting a will or appointing an administrator; orders fixing time of hearings, for appointing administrators, for publication of notice to creditors, for the sale of real or personal property or for assignment of the estate to a widow. The court closed estate cases with a final decree of settlement or distribution.
Guardianship cases might include a petition for an order appointing a guardian, then include an order appointing a guardian and finally a decree of discharge. Adoption cases might include a petition for adoption, consent and agreement of adoptive parents, findings of fact and conclusions at law, and finally an order of adoption. Insanity cases might include an application for order of hospitalization at Utah State Hospital, an affidavit or physician's certificate, a warrant of commitment, and finally a notice of the patient's release. Town site cases begin with a petition for a deed and end with an order authorizing a deed.
Numerical by case number.
Probate record books from the District Court (Fourth District : Uintah County), Series 1371, contain many court orders, petitions and decrees referred to in the registers of action. Since probate record books are arranged chronologically, the registers of action provide access to them by supplying dates.
Probate case files from the District Court (Eighth District : Uintah County), Series 14198, contains the case files cited in this series.
Volumes 1-4 of this series were transferred to the State Archives in 2011.
This series is available on microfilm.
This series is primarily classified as Public. The secondary classification is Exempt: Adoption records are sealed for 100 years..
Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.
This series was archivally processed by Jim Kichas in April 2009.
Indexes: Each probate register includes an alphabetical name index to the cases included in that book. Indexes: Series 27735 provides a comprehensive index to probate cases from 1888-1990.
Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.