Category Archives: Digital Archives

Naturalizations from Salt Lake County Online

Naturalization records documenting the final step to citizenship from Salt Lake City are now online. The records cover from 1907 to 1925, individuals in the records may have immigrated years before as detailed in the Naturalization and Citizenship Research Guide. Records may be found searching for names of heads of households (married women were automatically naturalized along with their husbands until 1922) and family members.

The images were created from a partnership with FamilySearch. Many other naturalization records were digitized at the same time, and we’re always looking for help indexing them. Find out more about volunteering.


Browse Birth Certificates Online: 1911

Birth Certificate, 1906

Birth certificate images for 1911 are now online at archives.utah.gov/digital/81443.htm. Although they are not indexed by name yet, if one knows the birth date and county it should not be difficult to locate the correct folder and browse through a few images for the time being. Saving and printing of images is available.

Would you like to help index birth certificates? Or other records? Join our team of volunteers for a rewarding experience handling, describing, or making accessible original records from throughout Utah’s history. Read more about our Volunteer Program.


Territorial Third District Case File Index Online

The territorial CASE INDEX for the Third District Court is now online. It records the names of plaintiffs and defendants involved in court actions and provides assigned case numbers, facilitating clerical management of and access to the case files. Civil cases span the entire period (1871-1896). Criminal cases were indexed in this series from 1871 to 1882, when a separate filing arrangement for criminal case files was implemented.

The index is useful for finding case files from the Third District up until 1896, which traditionally has included Salt Lake County.

Third District


Enabling Act for State of Utah Now Online

As part of the records of the 1895 Constitutional Convention, a high-resolution digital copy of the Federal Enabling Act that led to Utah becoming a state is now online in the Utah Digital Archives.

In July 1894, the U.S. Congress enacted a law to enable the territory of Utah to be admitted into the Union as a state. The act spelled out the calling of a convention composed of 107 delegates to meet beginning in March 1895 to draw up a state constitution. These records are the papers of that convention. They include a copy of the federal enabling act; roll call; transcripts, published and unpublished, of the proceedings; files of proposals, petitions, and other recommendations for inclusion in the state constitution; and a limited number of committee reports, minutes and notes.

Statehood Constitutional Convention (1895)

See also Road to Statehood Exhibit – Enabling Act and History of the Constitutional Convention (1895)


Top Baby Names in Utah 1906 Edition

It’s time to update and compare the most popular baby names, as found in birth certificates that are now public. A few shuffled around, but the #1 are the same as the year before (view 1905 top names)

Boys

  1. John
  2. William
  3. James
  4. George
  5. Joseph
  6. Charles
  7. Frank
  8. Robert
  9. Edward
  10. Harold

Girls

  1. Mary
  2. Alice
  3. Florence
  4. Ruth
  5. Thelma
  6. Helen
  7. Edna
  8. Dorothy
  9. Edith
  10. Mildred

New Index with Images for Garland Cemetery

The Garland City Cemetery Interment Registers are now online and may be searched by name. The original record documents burials in the Garland City Cemetery in a ledger format. Ledger columns include the name of the deceased, age, date of birth, place of birth, date of death, nearest relative, and a column labeled “other.”


Death Certificates for 1959-1960 Indexed by Name

Researchers may now search for death certificates by name for 1959-1960. Previously, images have been available for browsing. Thanks to one of our volunteer indexers, one may look for a death record by name, date, or county.


Dept. of Transportation Photograph Index Online

The Community Relations Office of the Department of Transportation created an index to their official photographs. The office assigned a job number to each set of photographs taken or adopted by the office as official photographs. The job number provides access to all photographic material in the official photographs collection. Job numbers include a three-part number series. For each job number the index minimally identifies the subject of the photos and the date or dates on which they were taken.

The photographs that indexed here number in the hundreds of thousands–a true treasure unexpectedly found within government records. Find an interesting job in the index? Visit the Research Center to access the photographs from some of these series:


Browse Death Certificates Online, 1961

Although fully searchable name indexes are not yet available for all the latest death certificates, we are now able to offer digital images online that may be browsed by date and county, similar to the process when visiting the Research Center.

Narrow results by choosing both year and county. Within a folder, certificates are chronological by date.

Links will also be added to the series inventory. Death certificates become public 50 years after the date of the death. With key partnerships with the Office of Vital Records and FamilySearch, the Utah State Archives is actively working to toward a goal of yearly updates for online access, with name indexes added as soon as they are completed.


Utah State Archives Posts Bill Files from the Utah State Senate

The Utah State Senate bill files from the first one hundred years of statehood are now available online from the Utah State Archives and Records Service. These working bill files may include multiple drafts, committee assignments or other revisions made during the legislative process.

The Senate’s Working bill files from 1896 to 1989 are the newest additions the Utah State Digital Archives. Covering 66 biennial, annual and special sessions, there are over 163,000 pages. In conjunction with bill files that have been put online by the Legislature since 1990, researchers and others interested in tracing a bill’s history can now access a complete record online from anywhere at any time. All Senate bills now also have a full text search.

Bill, in the broad sense, refers to bills, resolutions, memorials, etc. In the narrow sense, bills consist of those documents which a member of the Legislature desires to have made into a Utah law. A bill normally consists of at least its designated number, a title, an enacting clause, and the main text. Sponsor names appear on the face of the bill. Senate bills are introduced on the floor of the Senate and go through three readings before passage. In the process they are referred to one or more committees. The committee reports back with the recommendation that the bill be passed, amended, or rejected. A bill may also be amended on the floor at certain stages. If the bill passes the Senate after a third reading, it goes to the House where it goes through a similar procedure before returning to the Senate for acceptance of any amendments and is sent to the Governor.

The Utah State Digital Archives provides over half a million images of historical records online and free to the public, including death certificates from 1904-1958. With worldwide online access, patrons have the ability to do research from anywhere while the State Archives efficiently fulfills its mission “to provide quality access to public information.”


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