Utah, Probate Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Utah Probate Records, 1851-1961
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- 1 What Is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
What Is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection includes probate records for the years 1851 to 1961. Probate records were court documents and may have involved loose papers or bound volumes. These files included all documents related to estate settlement, including settlement papers, inventories, receipts, wills, and other records pertaining to the estates, including accounts, administrations, appraisals, minutes, bonds, petitions, guardianship, inventories and settlements. Probate records in the state usually fall into two general categories: wills and estate papers. Most records mention the names of heirs and frequently specify how those heirs are related. Names of children may be given, as well as married names of daughters. Probate records may not give an exact death date, but a death most often occurred within a few months of the date of probate. The records may omit the names of deceased family members and those who have previously received an inheritance, or the spouse mentioned may not be the parent of the children mentioned. This collection includes probate records from Cache, Davis, Juab, Salt Lake, Summit, Utah and Wasatch counties. Additional probate records will also be located in the Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001 publication. The coverage below will list those counties with probate records in the State Archives Records publication.
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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, oaths of executors, forms about guardians and other court documents. Information in entries includes:
- Name of testator or deceased
- Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
- Names of witnesses
- Residence of testator
- Lists of belongings, property, and so forth
- Document and recording dates (Sometimes the date of death will be given. Recording dates are also used to approximate event dates, i.e. a letter of administration was usually written shortly after the time of death
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
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Coverage Table[edit | edit source]
As of 5 April 2013 for the Utah,State Archives Records, 1848-2001 collection contained the following records.
|Beaver||Certificates of naturalization||1878||1896|
|Beaver||Declarations of intention||1874||1906|
|Beaver||Petition and record||1907||1942|
|Box Elder||Certificates of citizenship and declarations of intention||1896||1929|
|Box Elder||Divorce records||1875||1876|
|Carbon||Probate case files||1896||1931|
|Davis||Divorce case files||1875||1886|
|Emery||Declarations of intention||1907||1941|
|Emery||Naturalization records and index||1896||1942|
|Emery||Probate case files||1888||1932|
|Garfield||Certificates of citizenship||1896||1923|
|Garfield||Declarations of intention||1896||1906|
|Iron||County court minutes vol A||1851||1854|
|Iron||Probate court minutes||1854||1864|
|Juab||Declarations of intention||1891||1929|
|Kane||Probate court minutes bk B||1878||1896|
|Millard||Burial record index||1900||1973|
|Piute||Burial record index||1900||1973|
|Piute||Probate case files||1888||1932|
|Piute||Record of Junction town cemeteries||1881||2001|
|Salt Lake||Burial plot index||1848||1976|
|Salt Lake||Burial record||1923||1994|
|Salt Lake||Certificate of naturalization stubs||1907||1925|
|Salt Lake||Declarations of intention and certificates of citizenship||1858||1872|
|Salt Lake||Index to docket A||1871||1894|
|Salt Lake||Interment register||1874||1994|
|Salt Lake||Land claim record book||1871||1894|
|Salt Lake||Land title docket||1871||1894|
|Salt Lake||Probate case files||1906||1913|
|San Juan||Probate case files||1888||1929|
|Sanpete||Probate court minutes||1852||1884|
|Sevier||Naturalization and probate court||1865||1880|
|Sevier||Probate case files||1865||1906|
|Tooele||Probate court minutes||1859||1888|
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- Name of the person
- The name of a parent or date of the event
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View the Images[edit | edit source]
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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Use a Probate record to identify adoptions, guardians, heirs and relatives
- Use a probate record to approximate a death date, then find a death certificate
- For earlier years, use the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records
- Use the information found in the record to find church and vital records such as birth, baptism and marriage records
- Use the information found in the record to find immigration and land records
- Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses
- Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family
- Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
- Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Utah.
- Beginning Research in United States Probate Records
- Utah Guided Research
- Utah Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research: 1850-1905 | 1900-Present
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