Series 24562
Tooele County (Utah). County Recorder Mining claims abstracts

Dates: 1891-1978.

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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

As the agent responsible for recording documents pertaining to mining claims, the Tooele County recorder created mining claims abstracts. An abstract is a chronological list of recorded documents relating to a particular claim. These documents might include the notice of location which established original right to the claim, affidavits showing proof of labor required to maintain the claim, and deeds or other documents affecting ownership. Each abstract is headed with the name of the claim and the district in which it was located. Each subsequent entry identifies the kind of document, when and where it was recorded, and names the grantee (buyer) and grantor (seller).


By mining claim, thereunder chronological.

Claims are roughly chronological by date of first activity, although abstracts in Book 2 are in alphabetical order.

Research Note

In creating abstracts, the county recorder left a limited amount of space for each claim. When that space was filled, he or she continued on another page, making reference on both pages where the abstract had been continued to and from. These books were microfilmed with the camera head upside down, and therefore the images are in reverse order on the reel. In order to read the entries in chronological order, a researcher will need to read the microfilm backwards. Some pages are faded and difficult to read. Abstract Book 6 is not labeled on the microfilm, but flows out of the end of Book 5.

Related Records

Deeds from Tooele County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 6080, contain many of the documents referenced in the abstracts.

Mining records from Tooele County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 6150, contain location notices and other mining records referred to in the abstracts.

Mining abstracts index from Tooele County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 24177, provides reference to the abstracts.

Patented mining claims index from Tooele County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 24564, provides reference to the abstracts of mining claims for which the owner received a patent.

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

Tooele County mining records were processed by Rosemary Cundiff in November 2002.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Mining claims abstracts index, series 24177, and Patented mining claims index, series 24564, provide reference to the abstracts.

Indexing Terms

  • Mining claims--Utah--Tooele County.
  • Mines and mineral resources--Property--Tooele County (Utah).
  • Utah--Tooele County--Mines and mineral resources.

Container List

1 Abstract Book 1 (1891-)
1 Abstract Book 2 (1893-)
2 Abstract Book 3 (1894-)
2 Abstract book 4 (1899-)
2 Abstract book 5, to page 175 (1903-)
3 Abstract book 5, from page 175 (1903-)
3 Abstract book 6 (1906-)
3 Abstract book 7, to page 324 (1919-)
4 Abstract book 7, from page 324 (1919-)
4 Abstract book 8 (1931-)
4 Abstract book 9 (1953-1978)

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.