Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 6874

District Court (Second District : Weber County) Probate case files

Dates: 1851-

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

Scope and Content

Probate case files from the Second District Court in Weber County primarily involve the probate of estates for deceased persons and guardianship for minors and incompetent persons. Probate is judicial oversight of property in transition. Probate of estates is the process by which a deceased person's property is identified and maintained, his debts and taxes paid, and then remaining property distributed to beneficiaries as specified in a will or as required by law for persons who die intestate (without a will). In guardianship cases probate is the establishment of a guardian for minors or incompetent adults who hold property that needs management. In addition to probate these case files also include name changes and some adoptions.

Utah's Territorial Assembly established original jurisdiction over the probate of estates and the guardianship of incompetent persons with county probate courts in 1852 (An Act in Relation to the Judiciary. Acts, Resolutions, and Memorials passed by the First Annual, and Special Sessions of the Legislative Assembly. Great Salt Lake City, 1852, Brigham H. Young, Printer. pp. 38-48). That jurisdiction transferred to the probate divisions of District Courts when County Probate Courts were abolished at statehood.

The probate process includes three parts. First, a petitioner must file with the court the documents necessary to have the court appoint a representative. Documents relating to this process include wills, petitions, letters of administration, bonds, etc., and a court order appointing an administrator, executor, or guardian. Second, the appointed representative does all that is necessary to manage the property through the period of transition. Documents filed here might include a court order appointing appraisers, notices to creditors, estate inventories, various kinds of financial statements, receipts, bills, and the court-appointed representative's final report. Finally, when all requirements have been met, such as all bills paid or a minor has become of age, the court mandates a final settlement and releases the representative from any further responsibility.

The Territorial Legislature made provision for formal adoptions in 1884 and assigned jurisdiction to County Probate Courts (Compiled Laws of Utah, vol. II, 1888, part 5, chapter 4). Adoption case files include a formal petition, documents supporting the petition and the court's final decree. In this series adoption case files begin in 1893. Whereas early adoptions were open to the public and sometimes published in the newspaper, adoptions later became private. Most adoption records in this series are closed to public access (see access restrictions note). In addition to probate and adoption, case files this series also include official name changes.

Arrangement

Numerical by case number.

Research Note

Evidently the current probate case numbering system began approximately 1897. When cases originally filed with the Weber County Probate Court (between 1851 and 1896) were transferred to the district court, the territorial cases as well as those filed during the first year of statehood were assigned numbers presumably based on an existing alphabetic arrangement (cases 1-671). Since the adoption of the current numbering system, cases filed in the district court have been assigned numbers according to the date of filing. For most probate cases filed since statehood it is advisable to obtain the file number from the Weber County District Court Clerk in order to use the archives's microfilm copies of the case files effectively. Reference service on probate cases filed from 1970 to the present is provided exclusively by the Court Clerk.

Related Records

Probate minute books from Weber County (Utah). Probate Court, Series 5142, document proceedings in probate matters.

Probate record books from the District Court (Second District : Weber County), Series 6405, document proceedings in probate matters.

Probate case files from the District Court (Second District : Weber County), Series 17532, record case numbers as well as a summary of actions.

Probate Court index from the District Court (Second District : Weber County), Series 21023, provides the names of parties in probate actions and provides assigned estate numbers for cases 1-810.

Probate registers of action from the District Court (Second District : Weber County), Series 26955, contains the complete case files cited throughout these record books.

Probate registers index from the District Court (Second District : Weber County), Series 26956, contains the complete case files cited throughout these record books.

Custody History

The Weber County Clerk was constitutionally designated as ex-officio clerk of Second District Court in and for Weber County until 1989 when the state assumed full financial and administrative responsibility for the district court. At that time a new court clerk was appointed. The probate case files were microfilmed by the Weber County District Court Clerk at regular intervals beginning in 1973. Reference copies were provided to the Utah State Archives.

Additional Forms

This series is available on microfilm.

Access Restrictions

These records are public with the exception of adoption records, which are sealed for 100 years according to Utah Code Annotated 87-19-4 (1953), and commitment proceedings, which are classified by the Administrative Office of the Court as private (Code of Judicial Administration, Rule 4-202, section 3 [G] [iii]). Since restricted information is recorded together with public information, the series must be searched for patrons by staff members. Contact a reference archivist for more information.

Preferred Citation

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

Gaps in Series

Some missing case files are noted at the beginning of the reel, i.e., reel 178.

Processing Note

The clerk's office microfilmed cases at regular intervals beginning in 1973. The probate case files were archivally processed by W. Glen Fairclough, Jr., in May 2001.

Finding Aids

Other: a research guide is available for public use. Indexes: a one-page index listing 17 individuals in alphabetic order precedes the "Ancient" files on reel 1, covering from 1851 thru 1879, and from 1 thru 17. Indexes: a general index to Weber County Probate Court business (series 210 23) includes 810 probate cases. This volume (identified as Index Book 1) is the only index to Weber County probate matters which has been transferred to the archives, covering from 1 thru 810. Indexes: a comprehensive index is available from the court clerk, covering from 1851 thru 1988, and from 1 thru 17147.

Indexing Terms

  • Adoption--Utah--Weber County.
  • Guardian and ward--Utah--Weber County.
  • Executors and administrators--Utah--Weber County.
  • Probate records--Utah--Weber County.

Container List

REEL DATE DESCRIPTION
1 1851-1879 1-17
2 1851-1897 1-12
3 1851-1897 13-30
4 1851-1897 31-43
5 1851-1897 44-56
6 1851-1897 57-69
7 1851-1897 70-82
8 1851-1897 83-101
9 1851-1897 102-120
10 1851-1897 121-139
11 1851-1897 140-150
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