Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 83314

District Court (Third District : Tooele County) Probate case files

Dates: 1871-

38.00 cubic feet and 94 microfilm reelsSkip to Containers

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

Scope and Content

Probate case files from the Third District Court in Tooele 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

For records created from 1871 to 1896, arrangement is alphabetical by surname..

Related Records

Probate record books from the District Court (Third District : Tooele County), Series 17546, more fully document court proceedings as they relate to individual cases.

Probate records index and registers from the District Court (Third District : Tooele County), Series 17612, contains an index book which can be used to identify the case numbers needed to access these case files.

Probate registers from the District Court (Third District : Tooele County), Series 17613, record the date any action was taken on a case and briefly state what that action was.

Additional Forms

This series is available on microfilm.

Access Restrictions

This series is primarily classified as Public. The secondary classification is Exempt: Judicial records are public unless restricted under rules of civil procedure (UCA 63G-2-301-[1][f]). Included are custody proceedings, guardianship files, minutes, & probate records. Wills are generally considered private data until probate.

Preferred Citation

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

Gaps in Series

Cases 16, 29, 122, 123, 133, 176, 185, 204, 245, 246, 247, 300, 301, 316, 348, 351, 368, 374, 401, 427, 457, 750, 819, 995, 1536, 1732, 1733, 1734, 1735, 1736, 1737, 1738, 1739, 1740, 1741, and 1742 are missing

Processing Note

Preliminary processing work was completed by Allen Clark in 2008. The finding aid was drafted by Jim Kichas in July 2008.

Indexing Terms

  • Court records--Utah--Tooele County.
  • Probate records--Utah--Tooele County.

Container List

REEL BOX DATE DESCRIPTION
1 1 1871-1896 A-D
2 2 1871-1896 D-H
2 3 1871-1896 H-K
4 2 1871-1896 K-M
5 3 1871-1896 M-R
6 3 1871-1896 R-S
7 4 1871-1896 S-Z
7 5 1896-1897 1-8
8 5 1896-1897 9-21A
9 5 1896-1897 22-25
9 6 1896-1897 26-31
10 6 1897-1899 32-41
11 6 1899-1901 42-50
11 7 1899-1901 51-53
12 7 1899-1901 54-63
13 7 1899-1901 64-75
14 8 1901-1903 76-88
15 8 1901-1903 89-100
15 9 1901-1903 101-112
16 9 1901-1903 101-113
17 9 1903-1904 114-125
17 10 1903-1904 126-127
18 10 1903-1904 128-141
19 10 1903-1904 142-150
19 11 1903-1904 151-162
20 11 1905-1906 163-180
21 11 1906-1907 181-195
22 12 1907-1908 196-216
23 12 1908-1909 217-234
24 12 1909-1910 235-250
25 13 1910-1911 251-271
26 13 1911-1912 272-294
27 13 1913-1914 295-315
27 14 1913-1914 316-323
28 14 1914-1916 324-337
29 13 1914-1916 338-366
30 14 1914-1916 367-370
30 15 1914-1916 371-378
31 15 1916-1919 379-398
32 15 1916-1919 399-419
33 15 1916-1919 420-440
34 16 1916-1919 441-459
35 16 1920-1925 460-469
36 16 1920-1925 470-486
37 16 1920-1925 487-490
37 17 1920-1925 491-506
38 17 1920-1925 507-524
39 17 1920-1925 525-539
40 17 1920-1925 540-550
40 18 1920-1925 551-564
41 18 1920-1925 565-588
42 18 1925-1930 590-605
43 18 1925-1930 606-610
43 19 1925-1930 611-619
44 19 1925-1930 620-640
45 19 1925-1930 641-665
46 19 1925-1930 666-670
46 20 1925-1930 671-685
47 20 1925-1930 686-701
48 20 1925-1930 702-722
49 20 1925-1930 723-724
49 21 1925-1930 725-740
50 21 1930-1935 741-756
51 21 1930-1935 757-779
51 22 1930-1935 780-786
52 22 1930-1935 787-806
53 22 1935-1936 807-831
54 22 1935-1936 833-850
54 23 1935-1936 851-859
55 23 1936-1937 861-877
56 23 1937-1939 878-908
57 23 1939-1940 909-931
57 24 1939-1940 932-936
58 24 1941 937-959
59 24 1942-1943 960-982
60 24 1943-1944 983-1000
60 25 1943-1944 1001-1009
61 25 1944-1945 1010-1034
62 25 1945 1035-1053
63 25 1945-1946 1053-1059
63 26 1945-1946 1060-1067
64 26 1945-1946 1068-1096
65 26 1946-1947 1097-1112
66 26 1947 1113-1118
67 26 1947 1119-1120
67 27 1947 1121-1132
68 27 1947-1948 1133-1141
69 27 1948 1142-1172
70 27 1948-1949 1173-1179
70 28 1948-1949 1180-1195
71 28 1949-1950 1196-1229
72 28 1950 1231-1249
73 29 1950-1952 1250-1266
74 29 1950-1952 1267-1294
75 29 1950-1952 1295-1313
75 30 1950-1952 1314-1326
76 30 1952-1953 1327-1349
77 30 1952-1953 1351-1372
78 30 1953-1954 1373-1390
78 31 1953-1954 1391-1410
79 31 1954 1411-1419
80 31 1954-1955 1420-1434
81 31 1954-1955 1439-1445
81 32 1954-1955 1446-1464
82 32 1956-1957 1466-1508
83 32 1956-1957 1512-1540
84 32 1957 1541
84 33 1957 1542-1565
85 33 1957 1568-1597
86 33 1957-1958 1600-1620
86 34 1957-1958 1621-1628
87 34 1958 1629-1653
88 34 1958-1959 1654-1680
89 35 1959-1961 1681-1701
90 35 1960 1703-1720
91 35 1960 1722-1731
N/A 35 1960 1732-1743
91-93 36 1871-1960 Adoption Case Files
91-93 37 1871-1960 Adoption Case Files
91-93 38 1871-1960 Adoption Case Files