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

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Access the records: Utah, Territorial Case Files of the U.S. District Courts, 1870-1896 .

Collection Time Period

These records cover the years 1870 to 1896

Record Description

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.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts included in the index are:

  • Defendant’s full name
  • Case number
  • Footnote and National Archives Record Administration reference information
  • State
  • Year

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.

Record History

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.

Record Reliability

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.

Related Websites

An archival description of the Territorial Case files can be found at the National Archives website:

Related Wiki Articles

Utah Territorial Records

Utah Court Records

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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.

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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