Series 23951
Iron County (Utah). County Recorder Mining deeds

Dates: 1899-1964.

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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

The Iron County recorder used these books to record mining deeds, mineral certificates and patents. Mining deeds transfer ownership or interest in mining claims from one party to another. Each deed designates the parties involved, names the consideration amount, and describes what is being transferred including the name and description of the claim. They also identify the township in which the claim is located. Deeds are signed by the seller, authorized by a notary public, and recorded by the county recorder. Mineral certificates and patents transfer final legal title from the federal government. Final ownership of any mining claim involved more than discovery, possession and recording, but also required that the claimant work the ground and perform labor or otherwise pay for the claim. (see Statutes at Large, Treaties, and Proclamations, of the United States of America, vol. XVII, chap. 152, also Revised statutes of the United States, chap. 6, title 32). When full payment had beenof received or the necessary requirements met, the land office issued a mineral certificate which the claimant had recorded by the county recorder. Certificates or patents state that the individual has entered and paid for the claim at the Salt Lake City land office. They describe the claim and also indicate its location in terms of township, range and section.


Chronological by date.

Research Note

The county recorder kept only mining deeds and mineral certificates or patents in books 1, 3 and 4, and recorded location notices and other mining documents elsewhere. In book 2, he or she included additional mining related documents. Beginning with book 4, the county recorder included general land office surveys and other related documents with each federally issued mineral certificate.

Related Records

Mining location notices from Iron County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 6144, contain notices of location for mining claims in Iron County.

Mining location notices (placer claims) from Iron County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23952, contain notices of location for placer mining claims in Iron County.

Mining deeds index from Iron County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23953, provides reference to the deeds in this series by name of grantee or grantor.

Mining abstracts from Iron County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23955, provides reference to a few of the deeds in this series by name of mining claim.

Miscellaneous records from Iron County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23981, contain notices of location and proof of labor for mining claims in Iron County.

Land patents from Iron County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 83751, also contain some patents for mining claims.

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

Iron County mining deed books were microfilmed by Utah State Archives in November 1974 and processed by Rosemary Cundiff in November 2001.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Book 2 contains an index within the volume.

Indexing Terms

  • Mining corporations—Utah—Iron County.
  • Mining claims—Utah—Iron County.
  • Mines and mineral resources—Utah—Iron County.
  • Mining districts—Utah.
  • Abstracts of title—Utah—Iron County.

Container List

1 Mining Deeds 1; 1899 Dec-1906 Oct
1 Mining Records 2; 1906 Oct-1918 Jul
2 Mining Deeds 3; 1918 Aug-1951 Sep
2 Mining Deeds 4; 1951 Sep-1964 Nov

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.