Series 29682Rich County (Utah). County Clerk Register of deaths and births
Dates: 1887; 1898-1905; 1912.
These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.
An agency history is available.
Scope and Content
This series contains a register recording deaths from 1898 to 1901 and births from 1898 to 1905 and 1912. Entries in the death register portion include 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, and last place of residence. Entries in the birth register portion include such information as birth date, sex, color, race, parents' names, and place of residence. This series also includes a newspaper clipping reporting a death in 1887. Since official registers for deaths and births were created, it is unclear what purpose this combined book served.
Beginning in 1898, state law required that physicians, clergymen, justices of the peace, and undertakers to report deaths they attended or with which they dealt. Physicians and midwives were also required to keep record of each birth at which they assisted professionally. Each person registering deaths or births 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 and births were recorded.
In 1905, the state passed a law requiring each county to file uniform death and birth certificates with the State Bureau of Vital Statistics and that reporting system superseded the maintenance of the death and birth registers.
Chronological by death date in the death register portion and by birth date in the birth register portion.
Birth register from Rich County (Utah). County Clerk, Series 20947, contains records similar to what is present in the birth portion of this series.
Death register from Rich County (Utah). County Clerk, Series 20948, contains records similar to what is present in the death portion of this series.
Birth reports from Rich County (Utah). County Clerk, Series 29680, contain original records that were likely used to partially compile the birth portion of this series.
Death reports from Rich County (Utah). County Clerk, Series 29681, contain original records that were likely used to partially compile the death portion of this series.
The County Clerk transferred the original records in this series to the State Archives in July 2018.
This series is available online as part of the Utah State Archives Digital Archives.
This series is classified as Public.
Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.
Processing NoteThis series was archivally processed by Riley K. Mills in August 2018.
- Recording and registration--Rich County (Utah)
- Registers of births, etc.--Rich County (Utah).
- Vital statistics
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