Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 23262

Washington County (Utah). County Recorder Deeds (Washington)

Dates: 1875-1949

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

In March 1867, Congress passed "An Act for the Relief of the Inhabitants of Cities and Towns upon the Public Lands" (Statutes at Large, Treaties, and Proclamations, of the United States of America, vol. XIV, chap. CLXXVII), which established county probate judges as intermediaries to distribute land and adjudicate ownership for individuals living in surveyed communities on the public domain. As the Washington County probate court proceeded to follow this direction, the county recorder established a new set of deeds books for Washington City and Harrisburg. The first records in these books are conveyances from the federal government to the probate judge followed by conveyances to individual claimants in these communities (Deed Book H). Thereafter, the documents in this series include a wide variety of deeds and other land related documents. Deed Book H also contains mining deeds and notices of location for the Harrisburg mining district. All books in this series contain court decreesus relating to estate settlements, preemption and homestead certificates conveying land to individuals from the United States government, and state land certificates conveying land to individuals from the State of Utah. Washington deed books also include a few miscellaneous records such as powers of attorney, affidavits of identity, and bishop's certificates . Deed Record Book R 2 and R 3 contain numerous tax deeds, in which property was sold to recoup delinquent taxes.

Arrangement

Chronological by date recorded.

Research Note

Sections of Books H and R are difficult to read because the ink has faded.

Related Records

Official records from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 7067, contain deeds and other documents as recorded in this series after 1949.

Abstracts (sectional land) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 16432, contain abstracts of ownership of sectional land in the Washington area.

Land claims adjudication record books from Washington County (Utah). Probate Court, Series 22875, contain the probate court hearings which generated the deeds for transfer of city lots in Washington City and Harrisburg.

Water certificates and deeds from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23251, contain water deeds recorded after 1881.

Deeds (Silver Reef) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23263, contain additional deeds and other official documents for the Washington area.

Deeds (Toquerville) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23265, may contain additional deeds for this area because boundaries governing which deeds went into which books were general and not specific.

Land certificates from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23279, contain previously recorded deeds and other land related documents.

Deeds (Saint George) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23286, may contain additional deeds for land in this area because boundaries governing which deeds were recorded in which book were general and not specific.

Miscellaneous records index from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23468, provides reference to miscellaneous records in this series.

Abstracts (towns) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23555, contain chronological histories of each property based on block and plat in surveyed town sites.

Mining records from Harrisburg Mining District (Utah). Recorder, Series 23675, contain the bulk of early claims and mining deeds for the Harrisburg Mining District.

Powers of attorney index from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23685, references powers of attorney recorded in this series.

Grantee indexes from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 82703, provide reference to all records in this series recorded after 1888.

Grantor indexes from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 82704, provide reference to all records in this series recorded after 1888.

Mortgages from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 82705, contain mortgages recorded after 1884.

Miscellaneous record books from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 82707, contain miscellaneous records recorded after 1947.

Water claims index from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 82708, references documents in this series relating to water rights.

Agreements and leases from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 84209, contain leases and agreements recorded after 1923.

Auditor's tax deeds from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 84213, contain tax deeds recorded after 1935.

Deeds from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 84219, contain deeds recorded prior to 1875.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

Washington County Deed Record Books H, R, and R 2-3 were microfilmed by Utah State Archives in July and August 1973 and processed by Rosemary Cundiff in April 2001.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Separate indexes were microfilmed for Deed Records H and R. All books are referenced by grantee and grantor indexes and by abstracts (see related records). Grantee and grantor indexes provide reference based on the names of buyer and seller. Abstracts provide reference based on location.

Indexing Terms

  • Land titles--Registration and transfer--Washington County (Utah).
  • Land titles--Registration and transfer--Washington (Utah).
  • Land titles--Registration and transfer--Harrisburg (Utah).
  • Washington (Utah)--Deeds.
  • Harrisburg (Utah)--Deeds.

Container List

REEL DESCRIPTION
1 1875 Jan-1879 Oct; Deed Record Book H
1 1879 Oct-1902 Sep; Deed Record Book R
2 1902 Nov-1920 Nov; Deed Record Book R 2
2 1920 Nov-1949 May; Deed Record Book R 3