Series 3864
Salt Lake County (Utah). County Clerk Death registers

Dates: i 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 death registers for the years 1898-1905. Each entry the decedent's name, occupation, age, marital status, sex, race, color, residence, term of residence, date of death, cause of death, the name of the informant making the report, and an assigned number.

Beginning in 1898, each physician, clergyman, justice of the peace, and undertaker was required to keep a registry of the name, age, residence, and time of death of the decedent. Each person registering deaths filed quarterly with the county clerk or the local board of health in the case of incorporated cities. (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 chronological by year but not by month. Entries were recorded in order of report, not by date of death.

Research Note

The master for this reel of film is missing as of 10/12/01. Do not loan. Apparently it was deaccessioned at some point.

Related Records

Death register index from Salt Lake County (Utah). County Clerk, Series 20900, provides name access to this series.

Death certificates from the Department of Health. Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Series 81448, are death certificates filed with the state after 1904.

Custody History

These records were transferred to the State Archives by the county before the creation of the Salt Lake County Archives. Hard copy (and an extra film copy) was returned to the county archives 26 July 2001.

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 September 1998. Hard copy and a film copy was transferred to the Salt Lake County Archives in 2001; a film copy was also retained. The register was refilmed in 2002.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Series 20900- Alphabetical index based on decedent's surname,.

Indexing Terms

  • Death—Proof and certification—Salt Lake County (Utah).
  • Salt Lake County (Utah)—Statistics, Vital.

Container List

1 1898 - 1905

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.