There are 3,820 divorce case files available in the Utah, Salt Lake County Divorce Case Files Index that date from 1852 through 1887. These records are taken from the Utah State Archives, which maintains these historical records. For more information on the role of Utah State Archives, visit them online at Utah State Archives .
The Utah, Salt Lake County Divorce Case File Index is limited to providing the first and last name of the person whose name is searched, and it also lists the last name of the spouse on record in the divorce case.
The Utah State Archives not only acts as the state repository for historically significant state records, but also has a records management department that helps state and county government agencies properly store their records and provides a records analyst for every county. The Salt Lake County divorce case files have been inputted into an online searchable database to make it easier to find the parties by name. You can then view the cursory details from the divorce case file, as well as the physical record location within the Utah State Archives.
Within the Salt Lake County divorce case file index maintained by the Utah State Archives, there are also records pertaining to the chancery, civil and criminal cases heard by the probate court during the years 1852 through 1887. At that time, the county probate courts were given the leeway to oversee a variety of cases until the Edmunds-Tucker Act stripped the probate court of its right to hear divorce cases. Other types of records likely to be found include debt, damages, property disputes and evictions under civil cases. Criminal case records can include cases of murder, robbery, rape and contempt of court. Habeas corpus hearings and death inquest records are also part of this index.
The Utah State Archives house a variety of historical records in addition to the Salt Lake County divorce case files, including marriage licenses, birth certificates, death records, mining records, land records and education records. They also house legislative records, including in depth descriptions of the history of legislative intent, meaning a description of what went into the enactment of various laws and statues. There are also a vast amount of historical military records, including service records and discharge and benefits records.
The record collections, including the Salt Lake County divorce case files, are considered public information, and the Utah State Archives allows visitors to perform research at their center and to request records in person. They also accept divorce case file requests by mail, phone or by using the online request form. To get additional information on requesting Salt Lake County divorce case file records, use the following contact information for the Utah State Archives.
Utah State Archives
300 South Rio Grande
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101