Newly Processed: October 2010

Gina Strack Finding Aids

All public records at the Utah State Archives are accessible through the Research Center. However, once processed the records are easier to use with proper storage and fuller descriptions, including online series inventories. The following list includes record series that were processed during the month of October 2010: District Court (First District : Cache County) Criminal case files, 1896- District …

Job Fair at the SLC Library

Susan Mumford News and Events

Brooke and Tyson, two of our Archives volunteers, signed up a lot of potential new volunteers last Thursday. The Utah State Archives had a table at the teen oriented job fair held from 3-6 p.m. downtown at the Salt Lake City Library. A  lot of the attendees stopped by (we were right near the snack bar) to see what happens at …

Duplicious/Duplicitous/Duplicative

Susan Mumford GRAMA, History

Duplicious: [etymology: duplicate + delicious.] This is a word. It can mean so good it should be shared by all. (“I sent that duplicious tune to all my friends on facebook.”) Duplicitous can mean two-faced or deceptive. (“Watch out! He is one duplicitous hombre!”) Duplicative can mean repetative or the same again, again. [etymology from Late Latin duplicitās a being …

Volunteers at the Archives

Susan Mumford News and Events

In September, 2010, the Archives sent out a call for volunteers to help us accomplish a major project of cataloging microfiche that had been stored at the Archives since the Archives were on Capitol Hill. In our new building on Rio Grande Street, they were taking up storage space and not being used. With the help of volunteers and a full time …

Family Tree Magazine 2010 Best State Websites

Gina Strack Digital Archives, News and Events

The Utah Death Certificate Index was named one of the best state websites for 2010 by Family Tree Magazine. In genealogy, as in real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. Finding where your ancestors lived is the first step in identifying records about them. Fortunately, the internet-ization of America also has swept over the nation’s state archives, historical and …

Mysterious 1880 U.S. Census records solved

Alan Barnett History

A researcher recently requested to look at an obscure record series described simply as “Census records, 1880” (Series 5269).  After retrieving the records, Archives staff became curious and set about trying to figure out what the records really were.  The records include five booklets that were clearly standard forms (form 7-392) printed for the 1880 Federal Census and have notes …

Top Baby Names in Utah 1905 Edition

Gina Strack Digital Archives, History

According to the Social Security Administration, the most popular baby names in Utah now are Ethan and Olivia. Thanks to a forthcoming index of birth certificates issued in 1905, we may now know the most popular names from over a century ago. Girls Mary Ruth Alice Thelma Helen Florence Elizabeth Margaret Edna Hazel Boys John William George James Joseph Charles …

Research Center Closure September 29

Gina Strack News and Events

The Research Center for Utah State Archives and Utah State History will be closed Wednesday, September 29, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for staff training. Normal hours will resume Thursday, September 30 at 8:30 a.m.

How Not to Record the Birth of Twins

Gina Strack Digital Archives, History

The certificate below popped up in the index as “Myrtle and/or Murray” and further investigation revealed twins on a single birth certificate. It is further complicated by different dates caused by being born around midnight between July 9th and 10th. In this the first year of both birth and death certificates, perhaps everyone was still figuring things out!