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 …

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New Finding Aids at the Archives: October 2020

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Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe them for research. Here are the new ones created during October 2020: Inventory of Financial records from Centerfield (Utah), 1909-1990. In addition, the following were updated with new records or more description: Inventory of Bingham Canyon photographs from Department of Administrative Services. Division of Archives and Records Service, 1923-1978. Inventory of …

Spring City and the 1936 Election

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It’s election season in Utah and pictured here are voter registration lists from 1936. These lists came to us from Spring City, Utah, in Sanpete County, as part of a large records transfer by the city to the State Archives in May 2019. These records, along with others transferred at the time, have now been fully processed, cataloged, and preserved. …

Stories of Utah Women: Dr. Ellis Reynolds Shipp

Maren Peterson History

The story of Ellis Reynolds started in 1847 in Iowa. Her family converted to the LDS church and moved to Utah when she was five years old. In a speech about her early life, Ellis relates one of her strongest memories of the trip. One of her fellow travelers, Sister Winters, contracted cholera and died. Ellis’s grandmother was the nurse …

Spring City, Utah home

New Finding Aids at the Archives: August 2020

Gina Strack Finding Aids

Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe them for research. Here are the new ones created during August 2020: Inventory of City plat map from Spring City (Utah), 1888 Inventory of Financial records from Spring City (Utah), 1913-2003 Inventory of Proof of publication notices from Spring City (Utah), 1974-2014 Inventory of Public utilities payment records from Spring City …

Topaz Internment Camp: Stories of Utah Women

Maren Peterson Digital Archives, History, Research

Pearl Harbor and Alien Enemy Registration After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the U.S. was suspicious of Japanese citizens. They were afraid that those who had immigrated to the U.S. from Japan were secretly spies for their birth country. As tensions rose, people of Japanese descent were evacuated from the Pacific Coast due to fears …

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 …

Probate Records for Salt Lake County: Part 3 – Brigham Young

Gina Strack Digital Archives, History

This post is the third in a 3-part series on the Salt Lake County Probate Case Files. See Part 1 and Part 2. When Brigham Young died on August 29, 1877, he left behind a thriving frontier community grown from a few arriving wagons in 1847. He also left behind a complicated set of heirs with the practice of polygamy, …

Women in Law: Stories of Utah Women

Maren Peterson Digital Archives, Research

First Female Lawyers in Utah The Utah Bar admitted Phoebe Couzins and Georgia Snow on the same day in 1872. Couzins studied law at Washington University Law School in Missouri, and had been admitted to the bar in Missouri and in Arkansas. The Utah bar accepted her automatically, as she had credentials and experience practicing in other states. Judge McKean, …