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 …

Reformatting in the Digital World

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In an effort to highlight the different aspects of the archival work here at the Utah State Archives and Records Service, we have created a new blog series about our Reformatting Section. We will discuss our Reformatting Team’s interesting projects and technologies that affect our efforts to make our government’s records more accessible. Microfilm is still recognized as a durable …

Probate Records for Salt Lake County

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This post is the first in a 3-part series on the Salt Lake County Probate Case Files. The probate case files in Salt Lake County are some of the oldest records at the Utah State Archives. Since the initial pioneer settlement was concentrated within the boundaries of Salt Lake County, prominent names are easy to find within these estates, such …

Personal Digital Archiving

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As part of Preservation Week, we wanted to share information on how you can preserve one of the more difficult forms of records both for institutions like the Utah State Archives and in our personal lives: digital and electronic. Why Digital is Special Paper is one of the more stable forms on which people have recorded information throughout history, using …

1909 Birth Certificates Available in Online Name Index

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Birth certificates issued by the Utah Office of Vital Records and Statistics in 1909 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, browse 1910-1915 online. In addition to identity and proof of citizenship, …

1907 Birth Certificates Available in Online Name Index

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Birth certificates issued by the Utah Office of Vital Records and Statistics in 1907 are now online and freely available to the public. The searchable index and digital images may be accessed from archives.utah.gov/research/indexes/81443.htm. In addition to identity and proof of citizenship, the registration of births assists with monitoring public health issues and the programs created to alleviate them. The …

Micrographics: From Digital to Film and Back Again

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Utah State Archives Micrographic Services From Digital to Film and Back Again Part 1 of 3 The micrographics department at the Utah State Archives is a full service microfilm department, meaning micrographics can develop, duplicate, and store both 16mm and 35mm films. Micrographics can also capture digital images to microfilm as well as produce digital images from microfilm and microfiche. …

1906 Birth Certificates Available in Online Name Index

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Birth certificates issued by the Utah Office of Vital Records and Statistics in 1905 are now online and freely available to the public. The searchable index and digital images may be accessed from archives.utah.gov/research/indexes/81443.htm. In addition to identity and proof of citizenship, the registration of births assists with monitoring public health issues and the programs created to alleviate them. The …

21st Amendment Ratification Records Online

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Did you know that Utah was the state that fulfilled the constitutional requirement to ratify the 21st amendment to end prohibition? This amendment is also the only one thus far ratified by state conventions rather than state legislatures [Wikipedia]. The records of the Convention to Ratify the 21st Amendment for Utah are now online. The 72nd Congress of the United …