Series 29681
Rich County (Utah). County Clerk Death reports

Dates: 1898-1901; 1903-1904.

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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 recording deaths from 1898 to 1901. Each entry includes such information as decedent's name, date and place of death, length of residence in the county, sex, color, race or nativity, age, occupation, cause of death, marital status, last place of residence, and name of the informant making the report. This series also includes two loose reports that were found within the official death register. These documents record deaths from the years 1903 and 1904.

Beginning in 1898, "physicians who attend deceased persons in their last sickness, clergymen who officiate at funerals, justices of the peace who hold inquests, and sextons and undertakers who bury deceased persons" were required to "keep a registry of the name, age, residence, and time of death of such person." Each person registering deaths filed quarterly with the county clerk or the local board of health in the case of incorporated cities. (Revised Statutes of Utah 1898, Title 57, p. 474-475) Despite these requirements, not all deaths were recorded.

In 1905, the state passed a law requiring each county to file uniform death certificates with the State Bureau of Vital Statistics and that reporting system superseded the maintenance of the death register.


Chronological by reporting date and roughly chronological by death date.

Related Records

Death register from Rich County (Utah). County Clerk, Series 20948, 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.

Gaps in Series

The records within this series do not contain any reports of deaths between 09/21/1901 to 07/29/1903.

Processing Note

This series was archivally processed by Riley K. Mills in August 2018.

Indexing Terms

  • Recording and registration--Rich County (Utah)
  • Vital statistics

Container List

pending 1 1 1898-1904

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