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

Lauren Katz News and Events, Research Leave a Comment

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 …

Sunshine Conference 2020

Lauren Katz News and Events, Open Government

The Utah Division of Archives and Records Service is proud to announce the third annual Sunshine Conference. The theme is “Transparency, Trust, and Public Service”. Presentations will cover the origins of Utah’s open record laws, the ABC’s of GRAMA, the media’s perspective on record requests, and a discussion on preserving electronic records. Appointed Records Officers, the general public, and anyone …

Suffrage and Stories of Utah Women

Centennial of Women’s Suffrage: Stories of Utah Women

Maren Peterson History, News and Events

The year 2020 marks the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment being passed! It was ratified in August of 1920 by the thirty-six states needed to add it to the Constitution, and then white women had the right to vote nationwide. It took several more decades for this right to be extended to minorities. We will start celebrating this anniversary …

Now YOU can transcribe Utah history!

Lauren Katz History, News and Events

Have you ever wondered how records get indexed and pages get transcribed? The truth is, it is a big job and we could use your help!  We are thrilled to announce that we have partnered with an online tool called FromThePage. FromThePage is online software for transcribing documents and collaborating on transcriptions with others. You can transcribe anytime, anywhere! All …

1910 Birth Certificates Available in Online Name Index

Gina Strack Digital Archives, News and Events

Birth certificates issued by the Utah Office of Vital Records and Statistics in 1910 are now online and freely available to the public. The searchable index and digital images may be accessed from the Utah Birth Certificate Index. As all birth certificates at least 100 years old are public, also browse 1911-1916 online for free. In addition to identity and …

Local Government Archivist Wins 2019 CIMA Service Award

Lauren Katz News and Events

The Utah Division of Archives and Records Service is pleased to announce that Alan Barnett, Local Government Archivist and Research Center Manager, has been honored with the 2019 CIMA Service 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. The CIMA Service Award is …