Series 29632
Weber County (Utah). Probate Court Ecclesiastical certificates of incorporation

Dates: 1882.

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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

This series contains incorporation certificates filed with the Weber County Clerk by LDS Church wards. Articles of Incorporation were required to be filed with the County Clerk and State to ensure that laws pertaining to corporations were adhered to. The Articles of Incorporation state that the members of the ward "desired to become a body corporate, under and in accordance with the existing laws of Utah Territory, and had met for that purpose." The law of the Utah Territory stated " that any number of person associated together for religious, social, scientific, benevolent or other purposes...when pecuniary profit is not their object...may incorporate themselves as provided in this Act (Laws of Utah, 1878, chap., 18, sec. 1). The Articles of Incorporation record the names of corporate officers, names of ward members, and oaths of office.

Under current Utah law and the laws of the territorial legislature, individuals desiring to incorporate, were to file and record articles of incorporation with their respective county clerk. These agreements specified the nature and place of business, amount of stock to be issued, terms for officers, etc. The clerk in turn issued a certificate of incorporation and recorded the final Articles of Incorporation in the case file.



Related Records

Incorporation case files of LDS church wards from Weber County (Utah). County Clerk, Series 5288, These records are the certificates ordered by the court.

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.

Gaps in Series

As of 11/28/2017 there are only three certificates in this series. Other certificates may have been lost, destroyed or misplaced.

Processing Note

This series was archivally processed by Curt Kelley in November of 2017.

Indexing Terms

  • Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

Container List

1 1 1882 Mar 23

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