New Research Guide: Governor’s Correspondence

Lauren Katz News and Events, Research, Research Guides Leave a Comment

There are few records held by the Utah Division of Archives and Records Service that illustrate the power and importance of communication like the correspondence sent and received by Utah’s governors.  As the chief executive of the State, the governor directly engages with issues of both local and national importance. The governor correspondence collections are filled with an array of …

1911 Birth Certificates Indexed Online

Gina Strack Digital Archives, News and Events Leave a Comment

Birth certificates issued by the Utah Office of Vital Records and Statistics in 1911 are now indexed online! Access the Utah Birth Certificate Index to search names and view digital images for free. All birth certificates at least 100 years old are public, even if not online or indexed yet. In addition to identity and proof of citizenship, the registration …

New Transcription Project: The State of Utah vs. Joe Hill

Lauren Katz Digital Archives, History, News and Events

Do you know the story of Joe Hill? Did you know that the Utah State Archives has a rich collection of records that illuminate the case of Joe Hill, the international controversy it engendered, and the worldwide response and publicity his trial and subsequent execution generated? Joseph Hillstrom (also known as Joe Hill) was born in 1879 in Gävle, Sweden …

Introducing GIS StoryMaps

Lauren Katz News and Events, Research

What is GIS? A geographic information system (GIS) is a way to aggregate and analyze data related to physical places on earth. By using a tool such as ArcGIS StoryMaps and electronic geospatial records that have been transferred to the Archives, we are able to share content of all types in a visual way. The Utah Division of Archives and …

Primary Source Sets: Teaching Utah History

Lauren Katz History, News and Events, Research, Research Guides

The Utah State Archives is thrilled to introduce Primary Source Sets curated from the official Utah government records repository. Each set provides historical context for important events, discussion questions, and primary source examples for both elementary and secondary school students. A primary source is a first-hand account of an event or topic. Letters, meeting minutes, photographs, diary entries, interviews, and …

Utah State Archives Named Best State Website for Genealogy by Family Tree Magazine

Lauren Katz News and Events, Research

The Utah State Archives and Records Service is proud to announce that our Name Indexes site was chosen as one of the 75 Best State Websites for Genealogy by Family Tree Magazine! This is an annual list published to provide readers with the best state-specific online resources for researching their ancestors. The 2020 list ran in the Nov/Dec issue and …

Classification of Voter Registration Records: Public, Private, and Protected

Rosemary Cundiff News and Events, Open Government

With an election coming up and recent changes in the law, it may be time to think about the classification of voter registration records. Parts of voter registration records are public, other parts are private, some are entirely private, and signatures are protected as outlined below: Private (Utah Code Section 63G-2-302(j)): Driver license or identification number Social Security number or …

Help Transcribe Brigham Young’s Probate Case!

Lauren Katz History, News and Events

Our next transcription project is now live! Brigham Young, the first governor of the Utah Territory and president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died August 29, 1877. At the time, the church practiced an arrangement wherein the president held property and real estate as “trustee-in-trust.” This allowed Young to direct and finance many major construction and …

Utah’s Society of Professional Journalists awards the Division of Archives and Records Service annual Sunshine Award

Lauren Katz News and Events

The Utah Division of Archives and Records Service will be honored this year with the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sunshine Award. The award is given annually to honor an organization or individual whose work has promoted transparency and open government in our state. According to Matthew LaPlante, Associate Professor at Utah State University in the …

Digital Archivist Wins 2020 CIMA Mentor Award

Lauren Katz News and Events

The Utah Division of Archives and Records Service is pleased to announce that Gina Strack, Digital Archives Manager, has been honored with the 2020 CIMA Mentor Award from the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA), an association of archivist, conservators, historians, and archival professionals from Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, and New Mexico. This award was presented to Gina for her many …