Utah, Territorial Case Files of the U.S. District Courts (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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- 1 Collection Time Period
- 2 Record Description
- 3 How to Use the Record
- 4 Record History
- 5 Related Websites
- 6 Related Wiki Articles
- 7 Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
- 8 Sources of Information for This Collection
Collection Time Period
These records cover the years 1870 to 1896
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.
Key genealogical facts included in the index are:
- Defendant’s full name
- Case number
- Footnote and National Archives Record Administration reference information
How to Use the Record
Use the index to find case files of persons who may have been involved in a court case in Utah during the years 1870-1896. Search for any alternate names your ancestor might have used, such as a nickname or alias. If you are having difficulty finding the person you are looking for in these records, consider looking for cases involving friends or relatives who might have mentioned them.
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.
Why this Record Was Created
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.
An archival description of the Territorial Case files can be found at the National Archives website:
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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
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Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection
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Examples of citations:
- 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, Territorial Case Files of the U.S. District Courts, 1870-1896.” Database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/). From National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. “Territorial Case Files Transferred to the U.S. District Court,” NARA M1401. FHL digital images, 39,406 records, Family History Library Salt Lake City, Utah.