Category Archives: Digital Archives

Family Tree Magazine 2010 Best State Websites

The Utah Death Certificate Index was named one of the best state websites for 2010 by Family Tree Magazine.

In genealogy, as in real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. Finding where your ancestors lived is the first step in identifying records about them. Fortunately, the internet-ization of America also has swept over the nation’s state archives, historical and genealogical societies, libraries, vital-records offices and other keepers of genealogical gold. Many of the resources that once gathered dust in various statewide repositories now can be accessed without changing your own location—in front of your computer, that is.

To help you find these outstanding state sites—and to salute their efforts at making genealogical and historical information available online—we’ve compiled this state-centric Best Websites list.

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.

Top Baby Names in Utah 1905 Edition

According to the Social Security Administration, the most popular baby names in Utah now are Ethan and Olivia. Thanks to a forthcoming index of birth certificates issued in 1905, we may now know the most popular names from over a century ago.


  • Mary
  • Ruth
  • Alice
  • Thelma
  • Helen
  • Florence
  • Elizabeth
  • Margaret
  • Edna
  • Hazel


  • John
  • William
  • George
  • James
  • Joseph
  • Charles
  • Clarence
  • Thomas
  • Arthur
  • Robert

How Not to Record the Birth of Twins

The certificate below popped up in the index as “Myrtle and/or Murray” and further investigation revealed twins on a single birth certificate. It is further complicated by different dates caused by being born around midnight between July 9th and 10th.

Myrtle and Murray Mathis, Twins

In this the first year of both birth and death certificates, perhaps everyone was still figuring things out!

Military Death Certificates from World War II and the Korean War Online


Death certificates issued for U.S. soldiers who died overseas from 1941 to 1953 and whose bodies were sent to Utah for reburial are now available online from the Utah State Archives and Records Service. These records represent a valuable resource for military and family history. The searchable index and digital images created in partnership with FamilySearch may be accessed from

“Stories are often found in even the most routine and official records,” said Gina Strack, an archivist with the Utah State Archives. “For example, in one six-month period in 1944, a family in Box Elder County lost four of their five sons in combat around the world. All four death certificates for the Borgstrom brothers may be found in this new online collection.”

The Utah State Digital Archives provides access to over half a million images of historical records online and free to the public, including death certificates from 1904-1959. With worldwide online access, patrons have the ability to do research from anywhere while the Archives efficiently fulfills its mission “to provide quality access to public information.”

FamilySearch is the public channel of the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU), a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch maintains the world’s largest repository of genealogical resources accessed through, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries.

Records of Gov. Olene S. Walker Now Online

For immediate release.

The Utah State Archives and Records Service has added the records of former Governor Olene Walker to the Governors of Utah Digital Collection. This collection now includes more than 70,000 items of former Governors Michael O. Leavitt (1993-2003) and Olene S. Walker (2003-2004).

Governor Walker served for just over a year, however these records show the “footprints” she left on the State of Utah, from tax policy and making sure students master necessary, basic skills to interactions with citizens throughout the state–including visiting every community, including Yost (see “Farewell Speech”). For example, upon her inauguration in late 2003, hundreds of letters came from organizations and people in Utah and around the world with congratulations, as found in Constituent Correspondence.

The governor is the chief administrative officer of the state and a governor’s records are a valuable historical resource for both an account of the governor’s term and a chronicle of statewide and national events. These records shed light on Utah’s involvement in and reaction to national issues and responses at the time.

The Archives provides online, anytime access to students, educators and citizens interested in discovering such invaluable resources. It is hoped that more will be added from both recent and long past governors, and other historical records that are key to understanding the full story of Utah and its people.

More Records Online from Governor Olene S. Walker

Since the availability of Press Releases, record series for Speeches and Official Statements, Executive Correspondence and Constituent Correspondence have been added online. Newspaper Clippings (Series 25844) are in active production and Photographs (Series 25851) are currently being scanned from prints.

Governor Walker Press Releases Now Online

This series contains press releases issued to numerous media sources to publicize Governor Olene Walker’s activities, events, media advisories, proclamations, programs, recommendations, initiatives, and messages. The records include information on the appointment of judges and officials, announcements of new businesses in Utah, legislative announcements, official decrees recognizing and celebrating significant individuals and events, state of the state address, and various reports.

Oaths of Office, 2009 Part Deux

In 2009, the new Oaths of Office for top state officers was posted in the Utah State Digital Archives. Only a few months later, those officials changed so new documents were required and eventually sent to the Archives. The oaths for Governor Herbert and Lt. Governor Bell are now online.

State officers are required by both the federal and state constitutions to take an oath of office. The Constitution of the United States requires members of the legislature as well as all executive and judicial officers of the states to be bound by oath or affirmation to support the federal Constitution (Article VI, clause 3). The Constitution of Utah specifies the wording of the oath to be taken by “all officers made elective or appointive by this Constitution or by the laws made in pursuance thereof, before entering upon the duties of their respective offices” (Article IV, section 10).

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.


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