Series 18218
District Court (Fifth District : Iron County) Probate registers of actions

Dates: 1908-1990.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Scope and Content

Probate registers of action list each action taken in the cases presented to the probate division of the Fifth District Court in Iron County. In addition to handling the estates of deceased persons, the probate division also deals with adoptions, guardianships, and insanity and incompetency cases. The court is responsible for adjudicating and conveying ownership of town site lands (Utah Code, 57-7-19, 1953). Occasionally, the court handles name changes and inquests regarding the cause of a death. In each case the probate register indicates the name or names of the individuals involved, the kind of case, and the name of the petitioner's attorney, followed by a list of each action taken in the case and the date that action was taken.


Numerical by case number, thereunder chronological by date.

Related Records

Probate record books from the District Court (Fifth District : Iron County), Series 1124, more fully document court proceedings as they relate to individual cases.

Probate case files from the District Court (Fifth District : Iron County), Series 26645, contains the complete case files cited throughout these record books.

Probate index from the District Court (Fifth District : Iron County), Series 26659, is comprised of an index book kept by the court which can be used to locate early probate index numbers.

Will record book from the District Court (Fifth District : Iron County), Series 26663, can be used in conjunction with this series to determine the exact dates for court proceedings.

Custody History

These books were originally transferred to the State Archives from the court in 2007. They were transferred to the regional repository at Southern Utah University in November 2009.

Additional Forms

This series is available on microfilm.

Access Restrictions

This series is primarily classified as Public. The secondary classification is Exempt: UCA 78-30-15 (2008). As of 1 July 1999, adoptions become public after 100 years; until then they are sealed and only obtainable through the court. These books include occasional reference to adoptions..

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Gaps in Series

It appears that the court began renumbering case files beginning in 1908. The presence of a Book 1, (which would presumably cover the first probate case files kept by the court between 1898 and 1908), is currently unknown.

Processing Note

This series was archivally processed by Jim Kichas and Emily Gurr in April 2008 as part of a NHPRC grant project designed to preserve the historic records of Utah's Fifth District Courts.

Finding Aids

Indexes: An alphabetical index is located at the beginning of each register.

Indexing Terms

Container List

1 2 1908-1939 1-640
1 3 1939-1949 641-1140
2 4 1949-1958 1141-1640
2 5 1958-1967 1641-2144
3 6 1967-1974 2145-2644
3 7 1974-1981 2645-3148
4 8 1981-1988 3149-3652
4 9 1988-1990 3653-3799

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.