Toward Better Access: Court Index Digitization

Gina Strack Digital Archives, Research Guides

When I first learned how to research court records, it was a multi-step process involving research guides, paper binders, and at least two sets of microfilm. Finding a particular case required me to: identify the court or jurisdiction (perhaps using the Historical Jurisdiction guide) identify available name indexes or alternatives (using the Court Records guide) retrieve and search the microfilm …

World War II Registration as “Enemy Aliens”

Gina Strack Digital Archives, History

A new record series is now online consisting of Alien Enemy Registration Forms created by the Davis County Sheriff. From the series inventory: “The forms document individuals and families of Japanese descent living in Davis County from 1940-1945. The forms include the following types of information: household head’s name and address, landlord or employer’s name and address, family members’ names, …

Browse Death Certificates Online, 1966-1967

Gina Strack Digital Archives

Although fully searchable name indexes are not yet available for all the latest death certificates, we are now able to offer digital images online that may be browsed by date and county, similar to the process when visiting the Research Center. 1966 1967 Narrow results by choosing both year and county. Within a county folder, certificates are chronological by date …

Third District Court: Salt Lake County Criminal Index Online

Gina Strack Digital Archives

An index covering from 1916 to 1975 for Salt Lake County criminal case files is now online. This series functions as an index to access the criminal case files and registers of actions. Individual entries record the name of defendants involved in criminal actions and provide the following information: name of the defendant, assigned case number, page number for the …

Remembering Those Who Served: World War Military Listings

Gina Strack Digital Archives, History

In late 1942, Governor Maw issued a proclamation to create the Department of War History and Archives within the Utah State Historical Society.1 Thus began a sustained effort to gather, compile, and memorialize all those from Utah who served in the wars of the twentieth century. At first, records were kept by the Adjutant General, until the Graves Registration Act …

RKO Radio Pictures vs Orson Welles et al 1946 Case file #77472 Cover Page

In our Index It’s All True

Heidi Stringham Digital Archives, Research

Do you know someone famous or infamous? Perhaps you can find them in the 3rd District Court for Salt Lake County’s civil case file index. Using this index, which is actually several smaller index books arranged by year, you can search the names of the plaintiff and the defendant in civil actions that occurred within the jurisdiction of Salt Lake …

Butch Cassidy Indicted

Gina Strack Digital Archives

As a preview to a brand new online collection called “Crime in Utah,” the grand jury indictment of the notorious Butch Cassidy from 1897 is now online. He and several others were accused of robbing the payroll from the Pleasant Valley Coal Company in Castle Gate, Utah. The case file is from the Seventh District Court for Carbon County. The …

1850 Weber County Census Online

Gina Strack Digital Archives

The original Federal Census Population Schedule for Weber County from 1850 is now online. This census represents the first time that Weber County and the rest of Utah Territory was enumerated by the federal government. The series is significant, in part, because it was previously believed by many that the 1850 census for Utah was only taken on handmade forms …

Dept. of Health Sheep Radiation Studies Online

Gina Strack Digital Archives

Correspondence, memorandum, meeting minutes, photographs, and reports from the various investigators and agencies involved with the sheep death investigations that took place in Cedar City in 1953 and 1954 are now online. The study papers and compiled reports found here were collected by the Utah Department of Health, and highlight the questions surrounding radioactive fallout from the Nevada Test Site …