Recorder's Office History
The Salt Lake County Recorder’s Office is a treasure trove of historic information and land records.Brigham Young established the Recorder's Office in 1850. Many early Utah residents had lost land in the Midwest, land that was purchased with a handshake, so they were very anxious to establish a public record of land transactions.
A recorder in each county was commissioned to record "all transfers or conveyances of land or tenements, and all other instruments of writing and documents suitable, necessary and proper" to such conveyances. In short, the recorder was to keep a record of every action or transaction that involved real property.
Salt Lake City Hall 1908
A magnifying glass was essential to interpreting original plats
Brigham Young's personal home plat
The plat from 1858
Original Brigham Young signed plat