Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 23286

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

Dates: 1874-1954

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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 or mayors as intermediaries who would 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 the city of Saint George. The first records in these books are conveyances from the federal government to the mayor of Saint George followed by conveyances from the mayor to individual claimants (Deed Book F). Thereafter, the deed books contain a wide variety of documents relating to real property in Saint George or the immediate vicinity. The documents in these books include warranty or quit claim deeds conveying property from one individual to another. They contain patents, desert land and homestead certificates validating individual homesteads or purchases in the public domain, and state land certificates issued to those who purchased state land. They contain tax deeds and sheriff's deeds chronicling the sale of property for unpaid taxes or debts. Whenever 5th District Court settled an estate or otherwise adjudicated a land related issue, the court decree was also recorded in the deed books.

Some documents are of particular note. Deed Book O contains a significant number of indentures dealing with the disposition of Brigham Young's property in Washington County. It also contains a number of deeds for city lots being sold according to the provisions of a resolution passed by the Saint George City Council at a special meeting held 12 Aug 1878. Deed Book Y 4 contains numerous oil leases and agreements. Deed Book Y 7 contains numerous right of way deeds authorizing installation of telephone and electric wires and poles. These deeds include diagrams showing where these will be installed on each property. In addition to land related records, a significant number of miscellaneous records pepper this series. These include death certificates, incorporation records, military discharges, powers of attorney, bishop's and stake president's certificates and assorted documents from 5th District Court, including details of a case about the waste of irrigation water in Saint George (1909). Book T contains a notice listing individuals to whom credit should not be extended.

Arrangement

Chronological by date recorded.

Research Note

Deed Record Book O contains a (May 1890) detailed evaluation of schools prepared by the Washington County Superintendent of Schools. This is not part of the deed book, but appears to have been tucked into it and later microfilmed as part of it.

Related Records

Official records from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 7067, contain deeds and other documents recorded in this series after 1954.

Abstracts (sectional land) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 16432, contain a chronological history of sectional land in the Saint George area and indicate the book and page where each action was recorded.

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 from the Saint George mayor to residents.

Water certificates and deeds from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23251, contain deeds and other documents relating to water rights.

Deeds (Washington) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23262, may contain additional deeds for land in this area because boundaries governing which deeds were recorded in which book were general and not specific.

Deeds (Silver Reef) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23263, contain deeds and other official documents for the city of Saint George.

Deeds (Pine Valley) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23264, may contain additional documents relating to the Saint George area.

Deeds (Toquerville) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23265, may contain additional deeds relating to land in this area.

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

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

Abstracts (Saint George) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23554, contain a chronological history of each property by city block and plat, indicating the book and page where each action was recorded.

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 a buyer's index to all documents in this series recorded after 1888.

Grantor indexes from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 82704, provide a seller's index to all documents 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 documents recorded after 1947.

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

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

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

Deeds from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 84219, contain deeds for the Saint George area recorded before 1874.

Liens from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 84264, contain mechanic's liens recorded after 1908.

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 Records in this series were microfilmed by Utah State Archives in July and August 1973 and processed by Rosemary Cundiff in April 2001.

Finding Aids

Indexes: A separate index was microfilmed for Deed Book F. Separate indexes were also microfilmed for Books O and T, however both are dog-eared, quite illegible and the index for Book T only includes A-M. For other indexes and references, see related records.

Indexing Terms

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

Container List

REEL DESCRIPTION
1 Nov 1874-Jul 1876 (Deed Record Book F)
1 Jul 1876- May 1878 (Deed Record Book K)
2 May 1878-May 1881 (Deed Record Book O)
3 May 1881-Mar 1892 (Deed Record Book T)
4 Apr 1892-Dec 1900 (Deed Record Book Y, to page 689)
5 Dec 1900-Feb 1903 (Deed Record Book Y, from page 690)
5 Mar 1903-Apr 1909 (Deed Record Book Y 2)
5 Apr 1909-Jul 1910 (Deed Record Book Y 3, to page 225)
6 Aug 1910-Apr 1913 (Deed Record Book Y 3, from page 226)
6 Jul 1911-Sep 1917 (Deed Record Book Y 4)
6 Jul 1911-Apr 1918 (Deed Record Book Y 5, to page 87)
7 Apr 1918-Dec 1921 (Deed Record Book Y 5, from page 88)
7 Dec 1921-Jan 1929 (Deed Record Book Y 6)
7 Jan-May 1929 (Deed Record Book Y 7, to page 44)
8 May 1929-Jan 1934 (Deed Record Book Y 7, from page 45)
8 Jan 1934-Jun 1938 (Deed Record Book Y 8)
8 Jun 1938-Mar 1939 (Deed Record Book Y 9, to page 95)
9 Mar 1939-Dec 1943 (Deed Record Book Y 9, from page 96)
9 Dec 1943-Sep 1946 (Deed Record Book Y 10, to page 588)
10 Sep-Dec 1946 (Deed Record Book Y 10, from page 589)
10 Dec 1946-Sep 1949 (Deed Record Book Y 11)
10 Sep 1949-Nov 1951 (Deed Record Book Y 12, to page 432)
11 Nov 1951-Jul 1952 (Deed Record Book Y 12, from page 433)
11 Jul 1952-Oct 1954 (Deed Record Book Y 13)