Category Archives: Digital Archives

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 http://archives.utah.gov/research/indexes/.

“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 FamilySearch.org, 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.


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
gmstrack utah.gov
(801) 531-3843


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