Series 21917
District Court (Seventh District : Emery County) Probate registers of actions

Dates: 1887-

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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 Seventh District Court in Emery County. In addition to handling the estates of deceased persons, the probate division also dealt with adoptions, guardianships, and insanity and incompetency cases. The court was responsible for adjudicating and conveying ownership of town site lands (Utah Code, 57-7-19,1953). Occasionally, the court handled 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.

Some examples of the kinds of actions recorded for estates might be petitions for admitting a will or appointing an administrator; orders fixing time of hearings, for appointing administrators, for publication of notice to creditors, for the sale of real or personal property or for assignment of the estate to a widow. The court closed estate cases with a final decree of settlement or distribution.

Guardianship cases might include a petition for an order appointing a guardian, then include an order appointing a guardian and finally a decree of discharge. Adoption cases might include a petition for adoption, consent and agreement of adoptive parents, findings of fact and conclusions at law, and finally an order of adoption. Insanity cases might include an application for order of hospitalization at Utah State Hospital, an affidavit or physician's certificate, a warrant of commitment, and finally a notice of the patient's release. Town site cases begin with a petition for a deed and end with an order authorizing a deed.


Numerical by case number, thereunder chronological by date.

Related Records

Probate record books from the District Court (Seventh District : Emery County), Series 1088, more fully document court proceedings as they relate to individual cases.

Probate case files from the District Court (Seventh District : Emery County), Series 12488, contains the complete case files cited throughout these record books.

Custody History

Volumes A and B were transferred from the Seventh District Court in Emery County to the Utah State Archives in November 2012.

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.

Processing Note

The container list was drafted and preliminary processing completed by Allen Clark in 2008. Final finding aid was drafted by Jim Kichas in June 2008.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Alphabetical indexes appear at the beginning of each probate register.

Indexing Terms

  • Court records--Utah--Emery County
  • Probate records--Utah--Emery County

Container List

1 1 A 1887-1943 1-586
1 2 B 1943-1951 587-821
2 2 B 1951-1962 818-1164
2 N/A C 1962-1966 1165-1270

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