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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Utah, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Probate
Collection years 1851-1961
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What Is in This Collection?

This collection includes probate records for the years 1851 to 1961. Probate records were court documents and may have involved loose papers or bound volumes. These files included all documents related to estate settlement, including settlement papers, inventories, receipts, wills, and other records pertaining to the estates, including accounts, administrations, appraisals, minutes, bonds, petitions, guardianship, inventories and settlements. Probate records in the state usually fall into two general categories: wills and estate papers. Most records mention the names of heirs and frequently specify how those heirs are related. Names of children may be given, as well as married names of daughters. Probate records may not give an exact death date, but a death most often occurred within a few months of the date of probate. The records may omit the names of deceased family members and those who have previously received an inheritance, or the spouse mentioned may not be the parent of the children mentioned.

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To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Utah Probate Records, 1851-1961.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, oaths of executors, forms about guardians and other court documents. Information in entries includes:

  • Name of testator or deceased
  • Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
  • Names of witnesses
  • Residence of testator
  • Lists of belongings, property, and so forth
  • Document and recording dates (Sometimes the date of death will be given. Recording dates are also used to approximate event dates, i.e. a letter of administration was usually written shortly after the time of death

Collection Content

Sample Images

Coverage Table

As of 5 April 2013 this collection contained the following records.

County Record Start End
Beaver Certificates of naturalization 1878 1896
Beaver Declarations of intention 1874 1906
Beaver Interment 1865 1986
Beaver Petition and record 1907 1942
Box Elder Certificates of citizenship and declarations of intention 1896 1929
Box Elder Divorce records 1875 1876
Box Elder Interment 1893 1961
Cache Cemetery 1860 1998
Carbon Probate case files 1896 1931
Davis Divorce case files 1875 1886
Davis Interment 1869 1982
Davis Miscellaneous naturalization 1896 1929
Emery Declarations of intention 1907 1941
Emery Naturalization records and index 1896 1942
Emery Probate case files 1888 1932
Garfield Certificates of citizenship 1896 1923
Garfield Declarations of intention 1896 1906
Grand Naturalization 1908 1929
Iron Burial permits 1909 1962
Iron Cemetery 1899 2001
Iron County court minutes vol A 1851 1854
Iron Land certificates 1872 1879
Iron Probate court minutes 1854 1864
Juab Declarations of intention 1891 1929
Kane Probate court minutes bk B 1878 1896
Kane Probate index 1864 1896
Millard Burial record index 1900 1973
Millard Cemetery record 1887 1986
Millard Interment 1854 1945
Piute Burial record index 1900 1973
Piute Cemetery 1887 1986
Piute Interment 1854 1945
Piute Marysvale Cemetery 1887 1978
Piute Probate case files 1888 1932
Piute Record of Junction town cemeteries 1881 2001
Salt Lake Burial plot index 1848 1976
Salt Lake Burial record 1923 1994
Salt Lake Certificate of naturalization stubs 1907 1925
Salt Lake Court 1853 1887
Salt Lake Declarations of intention and certificates of citizenship 1858 1872
Salt Lake Index to docket A 1871 1894
Salt Lake Interment register 1874 1994
Salt Lake Land claim record book 1871 1894
Salt Lake Land title docket 1871 1894
Salt Lake Probate case files 1906 1913
San Juan Probate case files 1888 1929
Sanpete Cemetery 1892 1991
Sanpete Criminal docket 1859 1890
Sanpete Probate court minutes 1852 1884
Sevier Cemetery 1856 1960
Sevier Naturalization 1896 1965
Sevier Naturalization and probate court 1865 1880
Sevier Probate case files 1865 1906
Summit Land claim 1871 1878
Tooele Burial cards 1855 1991
Tooele Probate court minutes 1859 1888
Wasatch Interment register 1901 1991
Wasatch Naturalization 1896 1935
Wasatch Sexton 1901 1966
Weber Court 1852 1887

How Do I Search This Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • The name of a parent or date of the event

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How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later
  • Use a Probate record to identify adoptions, guardians, heirs and relatives
  • Use a probate record to approximate a death date, then find a death certificate
  • For earlier years, use the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records
  • Use the information found in the record to find church and vital records such as birth, baptism and marriage records
  • Use the information found in the record to find immigration and land records
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials

Record Finder

Consult the Utah Record Finder to search other records.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Utah Probate Records, 1851-1961." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. State Archives, Salt Lake City.
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