Series 29680
Rich County (Utah). County Clerk Birth reports

Dates: 1895-1902; 1968; 1986.

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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 a bound folder of reports submitted by physicians and midwives recording births from 1898 to 1902. Each entry includes such information as birth date, sex, color, race, parents' names, place of residence, and name of informant. This series also includes three loose birth reports likely submitted by the same midwife in 1900 and documenting births from early as December 1895. Though the county clerk used these documents to compile the official birth register, not all births included in these reports are found within that register. This series also contains a notice of birth from 1898, three responses to requests for birth records in 1968, and a 1986 request for a birth certificate.

Beginning in 1898, State law required physicians and midwives to report 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) Despite these requirements, not all births were recorded.

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


Chronological by report date and roughly chronological by birth date.

Related Records

Birth register from Rich County (Utah). County Clerk, Series 20947, contains entries originally transcribed from this series.

Register of deaths and births from Rich County (Utah). County Clerk, Series 29682, contains entries likely transcribed from this series.

Custody History

The County Clerk transferred the original records in this series to the State Archives in July 2018.

Additional Forms

This series is available online as part of the Utah State Archives Digital 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 archivally processed by Riley K. Mills in August 2018.

Indexing Terms

  • Registers of births, etc.--Rich County (Utah).

Container List

pending 1 1 1895-1902

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