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 1930's to the present.

  • Parents are matched across birth records to create reproductive histories for mothers and fathers
  • 91,789 births from 1915-1921, 90 percent of births and 91 percent of their parents link with one or more other records in the UPDB (primarily genealogy and census records)
  • From 1930's to the present, 89 percent of births and 91 percent of their parents link to another record
  • 10,529 fetal deaths from 1978 to present, 95 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, 86 percent of the decedents, 76 percent of the parents and 82 percent of the spouses match to other records in UPDB.
  • For the most recent year of death, 98 percent of the decedents linked to one or more other records in UPDB and 71 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 and 81 percent have family information.

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.
  • 82 percent of individuals named on divorce records link to another record which is not a divorce or marriage record and 70 percent have family information.

Contact Us

Utah Population Database Director
Ken R. Smith, PhD
ken.smith@fcs.utah.edu
801-581-7847

Governance

HCI Senior Director Oversight
Kathleen Mooney, PhD, RN

Faculty Advisory Committee Chair
Karen Curtin, PhD, MStat

Faculty Advisory Committee Members
Jahn Barlow, MPA
Jeffrey Botkin, MD
Diana Brixner, PhD
Nicola Camp, PhD
Steven Guthery, MD
William Lowrance, MD, MPH
Kathleen Mooney, PhD
Barry Nangle, PhD
Michael Varner, MD
Ming Wen, PhD