Category Archives: Digital Archives

Sanpete County Death Register

The death register maintained by the Sanpete County Clerk from 1898-1905 is now available as a complete book online. Since June 2008 individual page images have been accessible from an online index. Having this record in both places serve different needs:

Are you looking for an ancestor who died in Sanpete County during those years? Search the index. Once you find a name and page image, you can even print out a good quality PDF.

Interested in the whole record? Want to “turn” the pages? View the register online.

The birth register is also available for the same time period, but not yet online. One may contact the Research Center about Series 84106.

Death Certificates 1957-1958 Now Online

Death Certificate

Visit the Utah Death Certificate Index to access digital copies of death certificates from 1957 to 1958. Previously, one could access certificates from the beginning of their creation (late 1904) to 1956, though the records themselves are public once after 50 years.

More information:

Imaging work was completed by the Genealogical Society of Utah.

The Archives would like to thank Allen Clark for his work as a volunteer to link the images to the index.

Please direct any research questions, including how to use these records online, to the Research Center. If you find an error in the index, submit an “order form” available for each record and explain what needs updating. A staff member will contact you with results by e-mail.

House Working bills inventory links

1899 House Bill 32

The series inventory for the House of Representatives Working bill files has been updated to include direct links to digital archives for each folder from 1896 to 1989.

The House Working bills were digitally scanned from microfilm in 2008 up through 1989. Bills from 1990 to the present are available from the Utah State Legislature.

Most legislative resources at the Archives, however, will not be online. For research, begin with some of these guides:

  • Legislative Records
    The records of many offices provide history of legislation; you may need to access records created by the House, Senate, Legislative Research and General Counsel (who conduct legal and policy research for drafting bills), Legislative Fiscal Analyst (who reviews bills for cost implications), Governors and Lieutenant Governors, etc.
  • Legislative Intent and History
    Legislative intent refers to what lawmakers had in mind in passing an act or statute. Judges, attorneys, historians, and others study intent for guidance in interpreting a statute. Legislative history is the written and spoken record that documents the stages in the passage of a bill or resolution as it goes through the legislative process. Legislative history is used for discovering sources of information about the legislative intent.
Inventory of Working bills from Legislature. House of Representatives, i 1896-2009

Family Tree Magazine 101 Best

Family Tree Magazine 101 Best Web Sites 2009

Family Tree Magazine 101 Best Web Sites 2009

The Utah Death Certificate Index was named one of Family Tree Magazine’s 101 Best Web Sites under the category of 10 Best Sites for Vital Records.

[T]hanks to humanity’s development of 10 fingers and 10 toes, we count things in 10s, group the years in decades and celebrate anniversaries ending in 0—such as this 10th annual installment of Family Tree Magazine‘s 101 Best Web Sites…

Utah Death Certificate Index
If only your ancestors had died in Utah, you could find them in this searchable database of more than 250,000 death certificates, from 1904 to 1956, linked to images of the originals.

We appreciate the mention! If you are new to this resource, make sure and try and search to learn about any predecessors that may have died in Utah. Not to mention more indexes, frequently updated research guides and 1,000+ records inventories online.

Call for volunteers!

House Working bills need your help

House Working bills need your help

Would you like to contribute to online digital archives and records? Provide better access for users worldwide? Please consider volunteering for a project to add enhanced, searchable metadata to the Utah House of Representatives Working bills 1896-1989 digital collection!

We are looking to add data to fields for legislative sessions, subjects, individual bill numbers and Laws of Utah chapter numbers (View Examples). This information was not available from existing sources for the initial upload, but will enable users to search for bill files in many more and useful ways.

Work will be done remotely from wherever is convenient–just need a computer and Internet connection. We will provide a software client and training. There is also the possibility to do it all in a regular web browser.

For more information, contact:
Gina Strack
(801) 531-3843

Oaths of Office Digital Collection

2009 Oaths of Office

The Governor’s Office sent over the most recent set of oaths of office for key officeholders in the state. In 2005, we had done an online exhibit to provide online copies of these documents. This time, however, we set up a simple digital collection:

In addition, there is a series inventory for the original paper and subsequent microfilm plus a regularly updated index for all oaths of office since 1965.

Ancestry Magazine: “Wired States of America: A Look at Digital Records Near You”

Ancestry Magazine “scoured the Web to find which states are taking an active roll in getting genealogy records online,” and the Utah State Archives earns a place in the listings.

Back when my grandma was assembling the family history, her keyboard was connected to a wide-carriage typewriter. Scanning a document implied you’d be running your finger down a column of an index. And searching a database meant a trip down to the Family History Library with her sister-in-law (Grandma always kept a suitcase packed).

Wired? That was what you did to light bulbs, plugs, and anything you were trying to jury-rig in place. And never once did it have anything to do with what states were doing to make records accessible to home computer users.

Oh Grandma, if you could see us now.

Take a look around and you’ll see that Washington, D.C., isn’t the only place where change is coming and your tax dollars are at work. Everywhere, archives are going digital, which means states are bringing records to you.


Digital Archives

Utah Digital Newspapers

Archives & Records Service Family History Page

Pioneer: Utah’s Online Library

Utah State History

Read the entire article at

Thanks for the mention!

Utah Academic Library Consortium video

A new promotional video for the Utah Academic Library Consortium has been posted online and is being used to get the word out about its benefits and services to the state. The Utah State Archives contributed images for the segment on the Mountain West Digital Library and one of the interviewees talks about the Animal Brand books available online.

1933 Revised Statutes update

The draft of the 1933 Revised Statutes that was discovered to be House Bill 2 in the Working bill files has now been posted online. It is fully text searchable and available as individual PDF pages.,993

One may also download the complete print version, which is quite large with 992 pages. That page count, however, does include duplicate pages to account for images with and without the revisions recorded during the original session (such as p. 340 before and after)

Utah State Archives posts bills files from the Utah House of Representatives

For Immediate Release

Representing almost 100 years of lawmaking work by the Utah State House of Representatives, the early working bills files that are a key part of the legislation process have been posted online by the Utah State Archives and Records Service.

The House of Representatives’ Working bills files, 1896-1989, are the newest addition to the Utah State Archives’ digital collections. Available at, the collection includes nearly 150,000 images covering 63 biennial, annual, and special sessions since statehood. In conjunction with bills files since 1990 that have been put online by the Legislature, researchers and others interested in tracing a bill’s history can now access a complete record online from anywhere at anytime.

Bills, in the broad sense, refer 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 name(s) appear on the face of the bill. House bills are introduced on the floor of the House 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 House after a third reading, it goes to the Senate where it goes through a similar procedure before returning to the House for acceptance of any amendments and is sent to the governor. All these actions, with the dates taken, are logged on the back of the bill.

The Archives first prepared the original paper records for microfilming, and then began scanning the microfilm as soon as it was inspected. The first images went online January 4, 2008, and the remainder followed throughout the year. After scanning, images were organized to the folder level by Archives staff.

“Uniquely this time, we experimented with completing multiple parts of the process one after another for the most efficiency and fastest turnaround,” said Gina Strack, digital coordinator for the Utah State Archives. It is hoped to continue using such a process for future projects, such as the Senate Working bills, which are still being microfilmed.

It may be interesting to note that in comparable times of economic difficulties, the Legislature passed a concurrent “memorial” petitioning the United State Government to initiate money and credit stabilization after previous efforts had “failed or proved inadequate” (H.C.M. 1, 1933). In 1927, county commissioners were directed to erect and maintain memorials to the memory of veterans of wars of the United States (H.B. 52). In a final note of relevance, the Archives and Records Service itself was created by H.B. 314 in 1969, “providing for the centralized management of [the State’s] records” and creating the State Records Committee. Many more examples can be found of how the House of Representatives and the Legislature at large have affected the history of Utah.


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