Toward Better Access: Court Index Digitization

Gina Strack Digital Archives, Research Guides 1 Comment

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 …

Legislative Publications Updated

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A number of records related to legislative research have been updated with new issues, supplements, and volumes from 2017. To better understand the process of legislative research and where to access records, start with one of our research guides such as Legislative Intent and History or Legislative Records Overview. The Utah Code Unannotated is the complete set of codified law …

Legislative Publications

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As the 2017 Legislative Session winds up, we’d like to highlight some relevant legislative publications that have been updated recently. It’s always best to start with a Research Guide, such as Legislative History or Legislative Records Overview. The Unannotated Code is the complete, codified law statutes reflecting changes in the most recent session. It has been published since 1982. The …

Divorce Research Guide Updated

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The research guide to divorce records has been updated to provide a more comprehensive resource during the territorial period (1850-1895). The list of records in that section listed most but possibly not all territorial court records where a divorce could be found. Now there are links to the county probate courts and district courts on the research guide to territorial …

Law in the Utah Territory

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UTAH’S FIRST LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY The first legislative assembly in Utah’s history was convened in Salt Lake City on September 22, 1851. Over the course of six months, 13 members of the Territorial Council and 26 members of the Territorial House of Representatives passed a series of acts and bills that formally codified the first laws of the Utah Territory. The Utah …

Legislative Publications

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As the 2013 session of the Legislature gets underway, we’d like to highlight some relevant publications that have been updated recently. It’s always best to start with the Research Guide, such as Legislative History or Legislative Records Overview. The Unannotated Code is the complete, codified law statutes reflecting changes in the most recent session. It has been published since 1982, …

World War II Casualty Lists from National Archives

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In the immediate aftermath of  World War II, the Department of War and the Department of the Navy both published national lists of casualties for the U.S. Army and Army Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. The intent was to disseminate the information to the general public in a timely manner, for the benefit of next of kin, …

Birth and Death Research Guides Updated

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Research Guides related to finding birth and death records for Utah both historical and current have been updated, including confirmed contact information and records availability. Birth Records Obtaining Birth Records (less than 100 years old) Death records Obtaining Death Records (less than 50 years old) On a related note, the Utah State Archives is currently finalizing free online access to …

Court Record Guides Updated

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What began as an effort to update some county probate court information, eventually overhauled two research guides: Probate Records – List of records updated and separated by originating courts with concurrent jurisdiction (during the territorial period). Adoption Records – Expanded to include a list of records based on descriptions and appropriate dates (more than 100 years ago), also linked Utah …