Utah, Territorial Case Files of the U.S. District Courts (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Utah, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Civil Court Case Files
Record Group RG 21: Records of the District Courts of the United States
Collection years 1870-1896
Microfilm Publication M1401. Territorial Case Files of the U.S. District Courts of Utah, 1870-1896. 38 rolls.
Arrangement Alphabetical by the first letter of the defendants' surname and numbered numerically
National Archives Identifier 1116809 350
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What Is in the Collection?

This index corresponds to the 2,593 case files created by the U.S. district courts from 1870 to 1896. The records are arranged by the name of the defendant. The records are from NARA publication M1401 part of Record Group 21 Records of the United States District Courts of the United States.

  • U.S. District Court Case Files, rolls 1-35, Numbers 1-2593
  • U.S. Circuit Court Case Files, rolls 36-38, Numbers 1-95

During the years from 1870 to 1896, the judicial system of Utah consisted of four districts located in Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo, and Beaver. The records from these four districts have been combined and indexed. The majority of cases in this time period concerned the practice of polygamy, but there were also cases involving mail theft, illegal voting, violations of liquor and tobacco tariff laws, possession of counterfeit coins, and embezzlement.

This index was created to provide easier access to the Utah Territorial case files. The information in this index is quite reliable. However, keep in mind that it still may contain alternate spellings or misinterpretations of names or other information.

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"Utah, Territorial Case Files of the U.S. District Courts, 1870-1896." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. From "Territorial Case Files of the U.S. District Courts of Utah 1870-1896." Database. Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : n.d. Citing NARA microfilm publication M1401. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1987.
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