Series 20947
Rich County (Utah). County Clerk Birth registers

Dates: 1898-1905.

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

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

These records contain birth registers recorded during the years 1898 through 1905. Each entry has the date of birth, sex, race, color, parents' names, residence, name of informant making the report, and an assigned number.

Beginning in 1898, physicians and midwives were required to keep record of each birth at which they assisted professionally. In their absence, parents were required to make a report. They then reported quarterly to the county clerk or in the case of incorporated cities, to the local board of health and they would in turn report to the county clerk. (Revised Statutes of Utah 1898, Title 57, p. 474-475)

In 1905, the state passed a law requiring each county to file a uniform certificate with the State Bureau of Vital Statistics.


These records are loosely chronological by year but not by month. Entries were recorded in order of report, not by date of birth.

Related Records

Birth certificates from the Department of Health. Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Series 81443, This series contains birth certificates beginning in 1905, but do not become public until 100 years after birth. The researcher should contact the agency.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

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

Processing Note

This series was processed by M. Call in December 1998.

Finding Aids

Indexes: An electronic index to this series is available, covering from 1898 thru 1905. Indexes: The register is preceded by an index which is alphabetical based on the first letter of the surname,.

Indexing Terms

  • Registers of births, etc.—Rich County (Utah).
  • Rich County (Utah)—Statistics, Vital.

Container List

1 1898 - 1905

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.