Series 83870
Carbon County (Utah). County Clerk Register of Deaths

Dates: i 1898-1905.

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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 register of deaths reported to the county clerk. Each entry in the register typically has an assigned number, name of decedent, age, sex, race, color, term of residence, birthplace, marital status, occupation, last place of residence, causes of death, date of death, and the name of the party making the report.

Beginning in 1898, each physician, clergyman, justice of the peace, and undertaker was required to keep a registry of the name, age, residence, and time of death of the decedent. 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)

In spite of the law, many deaths were not reported to the county clerk, so the record is incomplete. The gaps in the record are most notable in the case of the Scofield mine disaster, which occurred on 1 May 1900 and resulted in the death of about 200 miners. None of those deaths are recorded in this register.

In 1905, the state passed a law requiring each county to file a uniform certificate with the State Bureau of Vital Statistics and the system of filing death certificates replaced the system of recording documented in this series.


Generally chronological by reporting date and roughly chronological by death date.

Research Note

This series contains three different copies of the Register of Births. There are two different microfilm copies with dates noted in the container list. One has a reel number and may be accessed on microfilm, the other is a preservation copy only. When borrowing the original volume for microfilming, the Utah State Archives also created color digital images which are now available online.

Related Records

Death certificates from the Department of Health (Utah). Center for Health Data and Informatics. Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Series 81448, This series contains death certificates which were filed with the Bureau of Vital Records beginning in 1904.

Additional Forms

This series is available on microfilm.

This series is available online as part of the Utah State Archives Digital Archives.

Copies of these records are located at View Online.

Copies of these records are located at View Online.

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 processed by M. Call in September 1998.

Indexing Terms

  • Death--Proof and certification--Carbon County (Utah).
  • Carbon County (Utah)--Statistics, Vital.

Container List

1 Register of Deaths (1966 microfilming); 1898 Apr-1905 May
none Register of Deaths (2019 microfilming); 1898 Apr-1905 May

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