©2015 by Donald R. Snow
Sections of the notes This page was last updated 2015-10-15.
Return to the  Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group (UVTAGG) Home Page  or  Don Snow's FH Class Notes Page .


  1. Instructors are Donald R. Snow ( of Provo and St. George, Utah and Linda Snow Westover ( of Orem, Utah.
  2. These notes and Don's  LDS AND UTAH RECORDS: SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES  are posted on  and both have active Internet links.  The SUPPLEMENTARY notes contain many more LDS and Utah records, both on- and off-line.
  3. (1) To put an icon on your desktop for the URL for these notes, or any website, just drag the icon from in front of the address in your browser to your desktop.  (2) To open a link from here in another tab, but keep your place in these notes, hold down the Control key while clicking the link.
  4. Problem for today:  How to find online LDS and Utah records and sources to verify and document your ancestors.

  6. Early LDS Members database from 1830 to Utah period -- 
    1. 57,000 people -- not complete, but has many sources and much helpful information
    2. The Snows helped produce this database while serving in the Illinois Nauvoo Mission and have updated it several times since
    3. Don's description of it is in the Notes for Person #1 in the database -- search for "Intro" as Given Name
  7. Susan Easton-Black's "Membership of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1830-1848"-- 50 vols of LDS and 6 vols of RLDS (Community of Christ)
    1. Includes information much later than 1848 -- Early Church Membership by Susan Easton-Black
    2. Available to search and download on -- also available there is her "Annotated Baptisms for the Dead in Nauvoo 1840-1845" (7 vols)
    3. Available as a searchable TEXT file in the Nauvoo Databank, on FH Suite CDs, LDS Historical Library CDs, etc.  (See below)
    4. Available as a non-searchable IMAGE file at  at FHC's and to LDS
    5. Also available on 95 microfiche that many FHC's have -- FHL #6031596
  8. Early Church Information File (ECIF)
    1. Card file of 1.5 million references to early Church members from histories, journals, etc.; filmed on 75 rolls of microfilm in 1991 -- additions since then are only available in the FHL
    2. These are references, not the articles themselves
    3. For description in the FamilySearch Wiki  click here
    4. For description and links to online (digitized) version of ECIF in FamilySearch Historical Records  click here
  9. Marvin Wiggins' "Mormons and Their Neighbors" -- -- references to more than 100,000 individuals
  10. LDS Membership Records -- for Wiki article  click here -- see more information below
  11. LDS Member Autobiographies and Ancestors (1924-1929)
    1. 4-page form that all Church members were asked to complete in 1924-1929
    2. Index is online in FamilySearch Historical Records at  Genealogical Surveys of LDS Members: Autobiographies and Ancestors 
    3. Forms are in hard copy in FHL and on 10 microfilms (FHL #1059454-1059463)
  12. Many helpful links on  FamilySearch Wiki -- see, for example, Tracing LDS AncestorsInternational Genealogical Index , and  LDS Biography
  13. Mountain West Digital Library -- -- portal to many libraries with lots of online (digital) Mormon info and collections -- searching for "Mormon" gives more than 13,000 hits with many specialized collections listed at left side of page
  14. Cyndi's List - LDS (over 300 links) --
  15. LDS-Hist: Historical Resources on the Internet - old website now available on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine -- LDS-Hist
  16. International Genealogical Index (IGI) has many Deceased LDS Membership Records -- online at  under Search > Records > Browse All > IGI -- see Wiki articles on IGI Batch Numbers -- here  and  here .
  17. Selected Collections of the Church Historian's Office -- Most is now posted online at -- see additional information at  Mormon Chronicles Blog -- 400,000 images (so not text searchable) of personal journals, documents, and histories from Church Historian's Office -- contains the "Journal History of the Church", a day-to-day scrapbook of information about the Church -- Index for 1830-1972  is now online -- was done from Index Card File, filmed copy is referenced on the FamilySearch Catalog  at
  18. Mormon Migration project at BYU Center For Family History and Genealogy -- -- LDS companies of converts immigrating to America -- includes names, companies, ships, dates of immigration, plus quotes from documents and journals of fellow passengers; constantly being updated -- search brings back passenger name as well as quotations from documents and journals mentioning him
  19. Pioneer Overland Travels --
    1. Information about it on FamilySearch Wiki at 
    2. Includes names, companies, quotes from many documents and journals; being updated regularly -- Parentheses after names in search results are ages at that time
    3. Melvin L. Bashore of Church Historian's Office is also compiling "Crossing the Plains Index Database" -- info at
  20. FamilySearch Wiki article on LDS immigration -- 
  21. Trails of Hope: Overland Diaries and Letters, 1846-1869 -- journals and letters in BYU Library -- -- completely searchable for any names 
  22. Early LDS periodicals online -- see Don's LDS and Utah Supplementary Notes
  23. Bill Smith's collection of journals, diaries, and early writings -- -- completely searchable
  24. BYU Digital Collections -- includes books, newspapers, photographs, and much more -- 
  25. BYU Idaho Family History Center -- -- includes personal histories, photographs, vital records indices, Idaho history
  26. FamilySearch has many Utah and LDS Church records and indexes in Historical Records and in Books; e.g. Susan Easton-Black's Annotated Baptisms For The Dead in Nauvoo 1840-1845 -- do place and keyword searches in the  FamilySearch Catalog  and in  FamilySearch Books
  27. A few LDS items of interest not online 
    1. Nauvoo Databank - parts are online -- see Don's Class Notes on Nauvoo Databank at  
    2. LDS FH Suite CD's -- History and info --


  28. Mountain West Digital Library -- -- portal to many libraries with lots of info on Utah -- searching for "Utah" gives 533,000 hits with many specialized collections listed at left side of page
  29. Utah Digital Newspaper collection 1879-1956 -- -- completely text searchable
  30. FamilySearch Wiki article - Utah --  and -- Good info about online databases 
  31. Linkpendium for Utah -- -- 6,300 links
  32. USGenWeb project - Utah --
  33. --
  34. ( --
  35. -- 
  36. Utah Vital Records information, application forms, costs, addresses, etc. --
  37. Older vital records at Utah History Research Center, Rio Grande Building, SLC -- Utah State Archives and Utah State Historical Society --
  38. County clerks and record offices for Utah counties --
  39. Utah births
    1. Mostly recorded by counties; many available at FHL and in the State Bureau of Vital Records
    2. Search Utah Births and Christenings, 1892-1941 on FamilySearch Historical Records and Learn More
    3. Utah Birth Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records) 1903-1910
  40. Utah marriages
    1. Search Utah Marriages 1887-1966 on FamilySearch Historical Records and Learn More
    2. Most Utah marriage records are recorded by counties, so check counties, State Bureau of Vital Records, and Utah State Archives
    3. Index of newspaper references for marriages and deaths from the Deseret News Weekly from 1852-1888 on Utah GenWeb -- and the Deseret News Semi-Weekly from 1865-1900 --
    4. BYU-I Western States Marriage Record Index -- -- Project to index all western states marriages
    5. Early Washington County Marriage Index 1862-1919 by Wesley W. Craig
  41. Utah deaths and burials
    1. Search Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956 on FamilySearch Historical Records -- slider changes size of image of certificate -- Learn More
    2. Additional info and also searchable at -- type in name at and see if name is in the Death Certifcate database
    3. Search Utah Deaths and Burials, 1888-1946 on FamilySearch Historical Records and Learn More
    4. Utah Burials Index from Utah State Historical Society -- 
    5. Index of newspaper references for marriages and deaths from the Deseret News Weekly from 1852-1888 -- and the Deseret News Semi-Weekly from 1865-1900 --
    6. Online Utah Death Records and Indexes --
    7. Washington County cemeteries --
    8. For Idaho deaths the BYU-I FHC will find and copy death certificates for free --
  42. Utah State Archives and Utah State History Research Center, Rio Grande Building, SLC -- -- Utah State Historical Society -- -- and Utah State Archives -- -- has many records of courts, civil, naturalization, land
  43. Utah Digital Newspaper collection 1879-1956 --
  44. Deseret News Historic Archive --
  45. Washington County Utah WPA Manuscripts --
  46. Utah Photo Collections
    1. Utah State Historical Society Photo Collection -- 
    2. BYU Harold B. Lee Library Photo Collection --
    3. Google Images -- -- search for, e.g. Erastus Snow, or St. George Utah; or search Google for utah+photos+people

  48. Don's  LDS AND UTAH RECORDS: SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES , posted on , contain many more resources both on- and off-line and you can find many more LDS and Utah records by Google searches for LDS, Utah, LDS indexes, Utah indexes, etc.
  49. All these help "turn your heart to your fathers" as you check, verify, and find new sources for your LDS and Utah ancestors.

Return to the  Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group (UVTAGG) Home Page  or  Don Snow's FH Class Notes Page .