The combined RootsTech and Federation of Genealogical Societies conferences in Salt Lake City was a great experience for the Utah State Archives. We were able to meet many old friends and some new ones we hope to see again soon.
The Utah State Archives is proud to announce that we will be an exhibitor at one of the largest genealogical conferences in the world, a combined meeting for RootsTech and the Federation of Genealogical Societies in Salt Lake City, Utah from February 12-14, 2015. We’re excited to connect with both those who know of our extensive resources available for family history and those who may not (yet). Look for us in the Expo Hall of the Salt Palace in booth #1226!
The Research Center will be closed Monday, January 19, 2015 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It will open once again Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 9 a.m.
Birth certificates issued by the Utah Office of Vital Records and Statistics in 1907 are now online and freely available to the public. The searchable index and digital images may be accessed from archives.utah.gov/research/indexes/81443.htm.
In addition to identity and proof of citizenship, the registration of births assists with monitoring public health issues and the programs created to alleviate them. The original permanent records were transferred from Vital Records to the Utah State Archives and Records Service in 2006, prompted by the Inspection of Vital Records Act passed in 1998 making historical records public. The name index is a collaborative effort of the staff of Vital Records, volunteers and staff of the State Archives, and includes the child’s full name, parents’ full names, date of birth, sex and county. FamilySearch captured digital images of the original paper records.
The Utah State Digital Archives provides over a million images of historical records online and free to the public, including death certificates from 1904-1961. 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.”
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
It’s time to update and compare the most popular baby names, as found in birth certificates that are now public.
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 December 2014:
- District Court (Second District : Davis County) Criminal case files, 1896-
- District Court (Second District : Davis County) Civil case files, 1896-
- District Court (Seventh District : Grand County) Naturalization records, 1896-1929.
- Enoch (Utah) Ordinances and resolutions, 1968-
- Eureka (Utah) Justice Court criminal dockets, 1898-1942
- Eureka (Utah) City Council minutes, i 1893-
- Governor (1933-1941 : Blood) Newspaper clipping scrapbooks, 1926-1940.
- Mona (Utah) City Council minutes, 1924-
- Mona (Utah) City Council meeting files, 1988-1995, 2001-2004.
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 months of October-November 2014:
- Board of Pardons Utah Territorial Prison painting, 1887
- Governor (1933-1941 : Blood) Colorado River Compact subject file, 1926-1936.
- Governor (1933-1941 : Blood) Expense ledger, 1932-1940.
- Governor (1925-1933 : Dern) Conference, commission, and committee reports, 1925-1931.
- Governor (1925-1933 : Dern) Speeches, 1914-1933.
- Governor (1925-1933 : Dern) Extradition case files, 1932-1933.
- Payson (Utah) Cemetery deed book, 1888-1901.
- This Is The Place Monument Commission Administrative records, 1932-1976.
- Department of Natural Resources. Division of Water Rights Water project files, 1902-1970.
Did you know the Utah State Archives has many resources on military service records? Check out these Research Guides:
The U.S. National Archives also have a lot of information on records generated by all the military branches, including how to obtain individual service records.
Thursday, October 24 at Noon
U.S. Highway 89: The Scenic Route to Seven Western National Parks is a visual guide to seven of America’s favorite national parks, hometown events and quirky roadside attractions linked by U.S. 89. Scenic Highway 89 traces the stories of legendary trappers, missionaries and homesteaders. Widened in the Roaring Twenties to satisfy America’s motoring enthusiasts, but bypassed by modern interstates, the 1,600 mile route from Canada to Mexico retains its back-roads charm. From Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, beauty queens to working cowboys, Ann Torrence’s stunning images and engaging text capture the enduring spirit of the west.
Writer and photographer, Ann Torrence drove over 15,000 miles to research and photograph U.S. Highway 89. Her documentary style explores the interplay of the human element and landscape; transformations of culture–what is kept, lost, and reinvented; and the iconography of the American West.
Following Ann’s remarks, staff of the Utah State Archives will provide a public demonstration of the new Highway 89 Digital Collections online initiative. This project is designed to gather and document the prized historical collections from various institutions throughout the region, all of which detail the important history that has happened along Highway 89.