Processors continuously update series inventories to reflect current holdings, new information and more. The following Legislative records in particular were updated during September 2011:
All public records at the Utah State Archives are accessible through the Research Center. However, once processed the records are easier to use with proper storage and fuller descriptions, including online series inventories. The following list includes record series that were processed during the month of September 2011:
Department of Human Services
District Court (Sixth District : Kane County)
- Certificates of citizenship record
- Citizenship certificate stubs
- Civil registers of actions
- Criminal registers of action
- Declaration of intention record book
- Index to civil and criminal actions
- Information and indictment record book
- Judgment dockets
- Judgment record books
- Minute books
- Naturalization petition book
- Probate orders and decrees
- Probate registers of actions
The Research Center will be closed Friday, September 30, 2011 for staff training. It will open again Monday, October 3, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. Visit historyresearch.utah.gov to access online research available anytime.
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.”
Tomorrow is the final Friday that the Utah State Archives administrative offices, Records Center and Research Center will be closed as part of the Executive Branch’s “Working 4 Utah” initiative begun in 2008.
Beginning Tuesday, September 6, 2011 (after the Labor Day holiday), all division offices and services will be available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Following studied visitor patterns, the Research Center will however be open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Research Center will be closed Monday, September 5, 2011 for Labor Day.
It will open again Tuesday, September 6, 2011 with new hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., including Fridays from this point forward.
All public records at the Utah State Archives are accessible through the Research Center. However, once processed the records are easier to use with proper storage and fuller descriptions, including online series inventories. The following list includes record series that were processed during the month of August 2011:
Bear River (Utah)
Division of Epidemiology and Laboratory Sevices. Bureau of Epidemiology
Commission on Economy and Efficiency Research
Office of Education. Instructional Technology Section
Commission on the Reorganization of the Executive Branch (Utah)
Salt Lake County (Utah). Health Dept.
Weber County (Utah). County Surveyor
Millard County (Utah). Registrar of Vital Statistics (Hinckley Precinct)
Brigham City (Utah). City Sexton
Department of Natural Resources. Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining
Sevier County (Utah). Water Commission
As an update to an earlier post, birth certificate images for 1909 and 1910 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 location and browse through a few dozen images in chronological order for the time being.
The usual list of new series inventories is not particularly feasible this month. This is due mostly to the end stages of the microfiche backlog project which added or updated somewhere around 600 finding aids! Perhaps with final reports we will be able to compile a complete list in the coming months.
Another project progressing well–and which also added many new finding aids–concerns cemetery records. The Utah State Archives holds records for many municipal cemeteries throughout the state. The existing research guide is limited to series already long processed. The current project finishes a comprehensive inventory begun three years ago, and it is planned to process most if not all of the remaining series of cemetery records with burial information. Stay tuned!