Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 5585

Utah County (Utah). County Clerk Marriage license applications

Dates: 1897-

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

Scope and Content

The county clerk registers each couple through an application process to prove their identity and record other information which permits the couple to receive their license to be legally married. The information includes: application number; names and addresses of the couple; color or race; marital status; places and dates of birth; occupation of applicants; names, birthplaces, and nationalities of mothers; statements that applicants are free from venereal disease or chronic epilepsy; maiden name of female (if previously married); signatures of applicants; consent of parent or guardian if either applicant is a minor; signatures of witnesses and county clerk; and date application was filed.

The type and amount of data recorded varied over time. The earliest applications are a much simpler three part form. The form includes the sworn and signed affidavit of the groom that he is eligible to marry and notes his name, residence, and age; bride's name, residence and age; and clerk's signature and date. The second part is the bride's sworn and signed affidavit recording her name and age along with the clerk's signature and date. The third part is for the consent of the parent or guardian to marriage of a minor giving that person's name, relationship, signature, date, and signatures of witnesses.

Arrangement

Numerical, with numbers assigned basically chronologically by application date.

Related Records

Marriage licenses from Utah County (Utah). County Clerk, Series 6129, are copies of the actual licenses after 1904.

Marriage record books from Utah County (Utah). County Clerk, Series 23290, record marriages beginning in 1887.

Access Restrictions

As these records contain private information and may pertain to minors, this series is private and not available to the public for 100 years. Furthermore, portions of the series containing records less than 100 years old remain in the custody of the County Clerk.

Preferred Citation

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

Gaps in Series

Numbering begins with #217, on the adoption of this system of record keeping by the county clerk in 1897. Applications 467-713, 23 November 1897-1 November 1898 do not appear in the microfilm holdings of the Archives.

Processing Note

Microfilming of the series by the county was begun in 1980. The reels of film having only records over 100 years old and in the custody of the State Archives were processed by A. C. Cone in December 2000.

Finding Aids

Indexes: There are name indexes at the beginning of volumes,.

Indexing Terms

  • Husband and wife—Utah—Utah County.
  • Marriage records—Utah—Utah County.
  • Marriage licenses—Utah—Utah County.
  • Utah County (Utah)—Statistics, Vital.

Container List

REEL DESCRIPTION
1 Index, Applications 217-466; 1897 Jan 04 - 1897 Nov 22
1 Index; Applications 714-813; 1898 Nov 02 - 1899 Feb 04
2 Applications 814-966; 1899 Feb 06 - 1899 Sep 12
2 Index; Applications 967-1194; 1899 Sep 13 - 1900 Jun 18
2 Index; Applications 1195-1276; 1900 Jun 19 - 1900 Oct 11