The Utah, Davis County, Probate Court Divorce Register of Actions Index features 338 records in the years 1877 and 1880 only. These records come from the Utah State Archives. To learn more, visit their website at the Utah State Archives .
The information contained in a record from the Utah, Davis County, Probate Court Divorce Register of Actions Index simply features the full name of each party and doesn't designate which year the divorce action occurred.
The Utah State Archives is responsible for a wide variety of historical state records, including the register of actions for divorces that the Davis County Probate Court handled. This register of actions is called Docket A and contains the case number, in addition to the names of the involved parties, attorneys' names for each party, and the date when each case document was filed with the court. In 1852, Utah's territorial legislature deemed county probate courts to preside over divorces. This wasn't revoked until the Edmunds-Tucker Act in 1887, which stripped the probate court of this duty.
The Davis County register of action only includes records after February 1877 and then skips to the year 1880. The gap is seemingly due to the fact that divorces weren't docketed during that time, despite the fact that divorce case records survived between these years in other capacities. Other related divorce records include the actual divorce case files from Davis County, divorce minute books and divorce record books from Davis County, which all document divorces during this time period. Utah State Archives compiled the Davis County register of actions into a searchable online index, where individuals may search using name, case number or filing date. The actual register of actions is simply organized by case number.
The Utah State Archives gives an online history overview of the creation of the Davis County Probate Court and lists its functions over the years. The Utah State Archives also offers the public access to historic birth certificates, death records, marriage licenses and adoption records. Other types of probate records are also available and are usually broken down by county. Histories of Utah towns, cities and county formations is also available to help aid researchers.
The Utah State Archives is open to visitors and allows the public to access the Davis County Probate Court divorce records in person, or individuals may request copies by mail, phone or by using the online request form. To learn more about what Utah State Archives has to offer or to order copies of divorce records, use the contact information below.
Utah State Archives
300 South Rio Grande
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
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