Series 84183
Utah County (Utah). County Recorder Military discharges

Dates: 1924-1971.

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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

Since 1923, Utah Code has provided that upon presentation, the county recorder shall record honorable discharges from the military, naval, or marine service of the United States , and any honor relating to a person while in the military service of the United States. County recorders' copies are considered evidence with the same effect as the original (Utah Code, 17-21-14, 2000). Military discharge records include extensive personal information as well as military service and discharge information. Discharges were filed in the order they were brought in for recording without regard for actual date of discharge. World War I discharges are not only included in the first book, but are peppered throughout the series.

Discharge records kept by the Utah County recorder include a variety of forms, but their content is similar. Personal information usually includes name, date and place of birth, race, marital status, occupation, education, character notes, physical description, immunization records, notes on personal marks or identifications, and notes on general physical condition at the time of discharge. Military and discharge information includes such things as date and place of induction, military serial number, grade, rank, branch of service, evaluation of military skills, military decorations, citations and awards, military campaigns participated in, and wounds received in battle, date, reason, and location of discharge, home address or other destination, travel allowance, pay and insurance data, and the signature of a discharging officer. Early Utah County discharges are typed transcriptions of the information on the discharge (Book 247). After 1945, (all subsequent books) the county recorder filed photocopies of original discharge papers.


Chronological by date recorded.

Research Note

The Utah County recorder filed discharges in the order they were brought in for recording, without regard to actual discharge date or branch of service.

Related Records

Military separation forms and benefit records from the Department of Administrative Services. Division Archives and Records Service, Series 2794, contains military discharges compiled from multiple sources, including county recorders' copies. The majority of these records relate to World War II veterans.

Official records from Utah County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 81507, may contain additional military discharges.

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

This series does not inlcude discharges recorded Aug 1955-Jan 1959 or Jul 1965-Oct 1968, suggesting at least two missing books.

Processing Note

This series was microfilmed by Utah County and processed by Rosemary Cundiff in August 2000.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Index is available through the County Recorder.

Indexing Terms

  • World War, 1914-1918--Utah County (Utah)--Veterans.
  • World War, 1939-1945--Utah County (Utah)--Veterans.
  • Military discharge--Utah--Utah County.
  • Soldiers--Utah--Utah County.

Container List

1 Book 247, discharges recorded Apr 1924-Nov 1945
2 Book 418, discharges recorded Nov 1945
3 Book 420, discharges recorded Dec 1944-Aug 1945
4 Book 431, discharges recorded Aug-Oct 1945
5 Book 432, discharges recorded Oct 1945
6 Book 434, discharges recorded Oct-Nov 1945
7 Book 439, discharges recorded Nov-Dec 1945
8 Book 440, discharges recorded Dec 1945
8 Book 441, discharges recorded Dec 1945-Jan 1946
9 Book 442, discharges recorded Jan-Feb 1946
9 Book 443, discharges recorded Feb-Apr 1946
10 Book 450, discharges recorded Apr-Jul 1946
11 Book 454, discharges recorded Jul-Nov 1946
12 Book 457, discharges recorded Nov 1946-Jul 1947
13 Book 475, discharges recorded Jul 1947-Sep 1949
14 Book 504, discharges recorded Sep 1949-Oct 1952
15 Book 528, discharges recorded Sep 1952-May 1954
16 Book 620, discharges recorded May 1954-Aug 1955
17 Book 802, discharges recorded Feb 1959-Jan 1962
18 Book 894, discharges recorded Jan 1962-Jun 1965
19 Book 1125, discharges recorded Oct 1968-Nov 1971

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.