Utah, Davis County, Probate Court Divorce Case Files Index, 1875 to 1886
There are 356 divorce records in the Utah, Davis County, Probate Court Divorce Case Files Index that spans from 1875 up to 1886. These records come from the Utah State Archives. To gather additional information about this index, visit the Utah State Archives online.
Information Available In This Collection
Divorce records in the Utah, Davis County, Probate Court Divorce Case Files Index will offer the full names of each party.
About the Utah State Archives
The Utah State Archives is the state repository for historic records in a variety of categories, including Davis County Probate Court divorce case files. Although probate courts, after the Edmunds-Tucker Act in 1887, no longer handle divorce cases, they were granted this jurisdiction by the territorial legislature in 1852. Utah, before 1878, was known for its liberal divorce laws, not only because residency in Utah was not required, but because the statement that a couple couldn't live in peace as a married couple was grounds for divorce. Once the railroad system connected Utah to more territories in 1869, the probate court was overrun with divorce cases from out of state couples who couldn't divorce at home until 1878 law made residency a requirement.
Divorce case files in the Davis County Probate Court records generally include certain types of documents. These tend to include summons, the initiating petition, subpoenas to each party and to witnesses, exhibits, bonds, decrees that detail the case's disposition, and statement of fees. The divorce case files were originally only organized by case number, but the Utah State Archives funneled the information into an online searchable database so that individuals may find divorce records by name, case number of filing date. Related records kept by the Utah State Archives includes divorce register of actions and divorce minute books from Davis County to help round out any search.
In addition to divorce records, Utah State Archives also holds historic birth certificates, death certificates and marriage licenses, along with many military records. Additional probate records are also on file, as are mining records, including information related directly to coal mining, hard rock mining, mining disasters and claims. They also house old land records, including information on territorial Utah. Also, criminal court cases and supreme court case records are on file.
Visitors are allowed access to the Utah State Archives and may perform in person searches or request copies of divorce case files from Davis County. If unable to make personal visit, Utah State Archives accepts requests for copies using an online form or by mail or telephone. To obtain more details about requesting copies or visiting Utah State Archives, use the information below.
Utah State Archives
300 South Rio Grande
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
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