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Vital Records

The Bureau of Vital Records from the Utah Department of Health provides a number of data sets to the Utah Population Database (UPDB). Many of these are updated annually.

Birth Certificate Sample Formats

Birth Certificate - Available Fields

Death Certificate Sample Formats

Death Certificate Available Fields

Birth Certificates

Information from Utah birth certificates is available for two sets of data: 1915 to 1921 and 1940 to the present.

  • Parents are matched across birth records to create reproductive histories for mothers and fathers
  • 91,798 births from 1915-1921, 79 percent of births and 85 percent of their parents link with one or more other records in the UPDB (primarily genealogy records)
  • From 1940 to the present, 86 percent of births (excluding age <16) and 90 percent of their parents link to another record
  • 9,347 fetal deaths from 1978 to present, 94 percent of parents link to another record

Death Certificates

Information from Utah death certificates is available from 1904 to the present.

  • 1904 - 1956: Cause of death is available as a literal field; underlying, associated and contributing causes of death have been coded by UPDB staff to ICD Revision 10, using the 2000 Medical Data System and supplemented by hand coding.  There may be multiple causes of death as recorded on the death certificate.
  • 1957 - 1995: The Utah Department of Health provided only the underlying cause of death.  However, they began adding a secondary cause of death in 1980 for specific areas of interest, such as hypertension, diabetes, neoplasm, etc.
  • 1996 - present:  The Utah Department of Health changed their coding system and now provides multiple (underlying, associated and contributing) causes of death as recorded on the death certificate.
  • International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes are alphanumeric designations given to every diagnosis and cause of death.  This coding system has changed over time and the different versions are held in UPDB as follows:
    • 1904-1956        ICD10
    • 1957                 ICD6
    • 1958-1967        ICD7
    • 1968-1978        ICD8
    • 1979-1998        ICD9
    • 1999-Present    ICD10
  • Industry and occupation of the deceased are classified using 1990 census codes.
  • All individuals listed on a death certificate are used to identify all matching individuals. Not including the Social Security Death Index, 80 percent of the decedents, 74 percent of the parents and 77 percent of the spouses match to other records in UPDB.
  • For the most recent year of death, 97 percent of the decedents linked to one or more other records in UPDB and 76 percent have family information.

Marriage Records

  • 1978 to 1988 records have minimal computerized information, listing husband and wife name and age, marriage date, and county of marriage.
  • After 1988, records have more complete information for the husband and wife, including birth date and birth place, education, number of marriages, and type of marriage (civil or religious).
  • 92 percent of individuals named on marriage records link to another record which is not a divorce or marriage record.

Divorce Records

  • 1978 to 1988 records have minimal computerized information, listing husband and wife name, marriage and divorce dates, and county where the divorce was issued.
  • After 1988, records have more complete information, including birth dates and education of the husband and wife, number of marriages, number of children, and number of children under age 18.
  • 84 percent of individuals named on divorce records link to another record which is not a divorce or marriage record.