Utah, Salt Lake County Birth Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Collection Time Period

This collection includes births for the years 1890 to 1915.

How to Use the Record

Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Use the locator information in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the birth records. Compare the information in the birth record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. Be aware that as with any index, transcription errors may occur.

When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:

• Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
• Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
• The father’s occupation can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
• The parent’s birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.

It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.

Keep in mind:

• The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
• Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
• There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.

Record Description

Before 1908, entries were made in registers that were divided into columns and rows. Beginning in 1908, entries were made on printed certificates, with four per page. Separate books were kept for Salt Lake City and the rest of the county, although many county entries were recorded in the city books and vice versa. It is not known if these are duplicate entries.

Record Content

Birth records contain some or all of the following genealogical information, depending on the time period:
• Name of child
• Birth date
• Birthplace
• Sex
• Color
• Race
• Father's name
• Father’s age
• Father’s birthplace
• Father’s occupation
• Father’s residence
• Mother's maiden name
• Mother’s age
• Mother’s birthplace
• Mother’s occupation
• Mother’s residence
• Whether a twin, triplet, or other multiple birth
• Whether a legitimate birth
• Birth order (number of children born to this mother)
• Number of children born to this mother who are still living

Record History

While the state of Utah did not require births be registered until 1905, Salt Lake County started much earlier. Early years record as little as 20% of the births; later years closer to 80% of the births.

Salt Lake County began registering births in 1890. Separate books for kept for deaths in Salt Lake City and for the rest of the county. Beginning in 1905 the Utah State Board of Health required county Board of Health registrars to record all births occurring in their county. Physicians, midwives, and birthing facilities were all responsible to supply this information. County officials sent certificates each month to the state registrar at the Department of Vital Statistics.

Why This Record Was Created

Births were recorded for public health purposes. Birth certificates were also issued to individuals as legal documents. In cases where an individual’s birth had not been recorded, it was not uncommon for that individual to apply for a delayed birth registration since the certificate was needed to receive certain government benefits.

Record Reliability

The information in birth entries is generally reliable, although there is always a chance for error.

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

It is recommended that you cite the sources of information as you search genealogical records. Citing sources will allow you to avoid duplicate searches later and share your sources with other researchers. A citation with specific details about the source document should allow yourself or others to easily find the source document at a later time. You should cite all sources searched, whether new information is found, to avoid duplicating searches without findings.

Suggested Format:

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Collection title, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: date accessed or downloaded), items of interest.

Items of Interest May Include:
• Name of the person mentioned in the document
• File, folder or jacket number
• Locality
• Record type
• Page number
• Line number
• Date of entry
• Digital identification number
• Film number

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• United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71
• Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023

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Sources of Information for This Collection

Utah, Salt Lake Co., Birth Registers, 1890-1908, database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/); citing Salt Lake County Records Management and Archives. “Birth Records.” Salt Lake County Records Management and Archives. FHL microfilm. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

A full bibliographic record is available in the Family History Library Catalog.