Reflections on a Centenary for World War I

Gina Strack

The Utah State Archives is wrapping up a yearslong recognition of the 100th anniversary since the end of World War I (also known as a centenary). As a repository of a number of military records, we knew there would be an opportunity to introduce  them to a new audience keen to learn about the Great War. The motivation came from …

“To us in America,” Armistice Day 1919

Rae Gifford

President Woodrow Wilson commemorated the First Armistice Day (now Veterans Day) with a proclamation. Today on the centenary of the Armistice we honor those who answered the call to fight on foreign shores — Not just our men and women from Utah, but from every corner of the globe.

New World War I Records Online: Foreign Citations & Decorations

Rae Gifford

In 1922, the War Department forwarded a packet of translated documents to Utah’s Adjutant General. The War Department had been working to publish a book identifying all of the American soldiers who had received a foreign citation or decoration, such as the French Croix de Guerre (Cross of War) and the Polish Kryzyż Walecznych (Cross of Valor). Unfortunately, they were not able to fund such a project and were providing the pertinent records to each state with the hope that the states could publish them.

It’s Election Day

Rae Gifford

Did you vote today? Have you voted in the past? Utah has a long voting history at both the national and local level.

Births: Reports to Registers

Gina Strack

The State of Utah began issuing birth certificates in 1905. Before the law was passed, local government offices used different methods to record the vital records of births and deaths in their community. In 1898, birth and death registrations were  done within the offices of county clerks across the state. For births, physicians and midwives reported the births they attended …

Probate Records for Salt Lake County

Gina Strack

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 …