Vital Statistics Section Death certificates phonetic index
These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.
An agency history is available.
Scope and Content
Created by the Utah Work Projects Administration under the direction of the Bureau of Vital Records, this record contains the names of Utah decedents whose death certificates were filed during the years 1904 to 1934. Each entry is comprised of name code, full name, age, gender, date of death, county code, and death certificate number. This index is based on the Soundex coding system. This phonetic system was developed to find a surname even though it may have been recorded under various spellings.
The Soundex Coding System is a coded surname index based on phonetics rather than spelling. Surnames that sound the same, but are spelled differently, have the same code and are filed together. Every Soundex code consists of a letter and three numbers. The letter is always the first letter of the surname whether it is a consonant or a vowel. The numbers are assigned to the remaining consonants of the surname according to the Soundex guide.
After retaining the first letter of the surname and disregarding the next letters if they are A, E, I, U, W, Y, and H, then:
The number represents the letters:
1 B, P, F, V
2 C, S, K, G, J, Q, X, Z
3 D, T
5 M, N
Alphabetical by first letter of surname, thereunder chronological by three number code.
Death certificates electronic index from the Department of Health. Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Series 20842, is an automated death certificate index arranged by last name of deceased, not phonetic.
Death certificates from the Department of Health. Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Series 81448, contains the death certificates indexed here.
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.
This series was processed by M. Call in September 1998.
- Death—Proof and certification—Utah.
- Utah—Statistics, Vital.
Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.