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 They include a copy of the federal enabling act; roll call; transcripts, published and unpublished, of the proceedings; files of proposals, petitions, and other recommendations for inclusion in the state constitution; and a limited number of committee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)
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)
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.”
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.
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:
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.
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.”
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 daily schedules of Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. (2005-2009) were created to coordinate his activities and obligations efficiently. Each day’s schedule records date, times, type of activity, often with notations, names of persons or groups with whom he would be meeting, and staff involved.
Governor (2005-2009 : Huntsman)
For almost as long as there has been government in Utah, there has been the desire to reorganize, optimize, streamline and generally make it better. This past week, Governor Herbert announced the Advisory Council to Optimize State Government to fulfill recent legislation. The Utah State Archives holds records to several past projects of a similar nature and has made many of them available online.
Commission on the Organization of the Executive Branch (a.k.a. “Little Hoover Commission”)
Governor (1977-1985 : Matheson)