LDS AND UTAH RECORDS

2014 by Donald R. Snow
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    INTRODUCTION

  1. Instructor is Donald R. Snow ( snowd@math.byu.edu ) of Provo and St. George, Utah.
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  3. These notes with the Internet links active are posted on http://uvtagg.org/classes/dons/dons-classes.html .
  4. Supplementary information about LDS and Utah records is on -- Don Snow's FH Supplementary Collections Pages .  
  5. Problem:  How to verify and find LDS and Utah records and sources for your family history.
  6. LDS RECORDS ONLINE

  7. FamilySearch Wiki -- FamilySearch Wiki -- has many helpful links, e.g.  Tracing LDS AncestorsInternational Genealogical Index , and  LDS Biography
  8. Mountain West Digital Library -- http://mwdl.org/ -- portal to many libraries with lots of online (digital) Mormon info and collections -- searching for "Mormon" gives more than 12,000 hits and "lds" gives more than 8,000 with many specialized collections listed at left side of page
  9. Early LDS Members database from 1830 to Utah period -- http://earlylds.com 
    1. 57,000 people -- not complete, but has many sources and much helpful information
    2. Snows helped produce this database while in Illinois Nauvoo Mission and have updated it several times since
    3. To see Don's description of it search for "Intro" as Given Name -- Description is in the notes for Person 1 in the database 
  10. Susan Easton-Black's "Membership of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1830-1848"-- on  http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/
    1. Includes information much later than 1848 -- information at  https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Early_Church_Membership_Records_by_Susan_Easton_Black
    2. Is an image file, hence NOT text searchable -- available at all FHCs and on  http://www.myheritage.com/
    3. TEXT file is in Nauvoo Databank (and hence text searchable) on FH Suite CDs, LDS Historical Library CDs, etc.-- see below
  11. Marvin Wiggins' "Mormons and Their Neighbors" -- http://www.lib.byu.edu/Ancestry/ -- searchable with references to more than 100,000 individuals
  12. Iowa and Nebraska Mormon Communities and Winter Quarters Project -- http://winterquarters.byu.edu and links at http://winterquarters.byu.edu/Links.aspx
  13. International Genealogical Index (IGI) has many Deceased LDS Membership Records -- online at  https://familysearch.org/  under Search > Records > Browse All Published Collections > IGI
  14. LDS Selected Collections from Church Historian's Office -- Set of 74 DVDs released in 2002 with 400,000 images of personal journals and documents -- Available in some libraries, e.g. FHL, BYU Library -- most is now posted online at  http://churchhistorycatalog.lds.org/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do -- see Mormon Chronicles Blog -- Contains the "Journal History of the Church", a day-to-day scrapbook of information about the Church -- http://history.lds.org/article/chl-journal-history?lang=eng 
  15. Church History Library has good list of online resources -- http://history.lds.org/article/web-resources?lang=eng  
  16. Early Church Information File (ECIF) -- https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2078505 -- Card file of 1.5 million references to early Church members from histories, journals, etc.  -- references only, not the articles themselves
  17. Mormon Migration project at BYU Center For Family History and Genealogy -- http://mormonmigration.lib.byu.edu/ -- 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 
  18. Pioneer Overland Travels -- http://history.lds.org/overlandtravels/ -- Information about it on FamilySearch Wiki at  https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Mormon_Pioneer_Overland_Travel_from_1847_to_1868 -- Includes names, companies, quotes from many documents and journals; being updated regularly -- Parentheses after names in search results are ages at time of travel 
  19. FamilySearch Wiki article on LDS immigration -- http://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/LDS_Emigration_and_Immigration 
  20. Trails of Hope: Overland Diaries and Letters, 1846-1869 -- journals and letters in BYU Library -- http://overlandtrails.lib.byu.edu/ -- completely searchable for any names 
  21. Search engine for entries in Church Chronology, Encyclopedic History of the Church, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, and Progressive Men of Eastern Idaho -- http://www.lib.byu.edu/dlib/misc/
  22. Digital collection of journals, diaries, and early writings posted by Bill Smith -- http://www.boap.org/LDS/Early-Saints/ -- completely searchable
  23. BYU Digital Collections -- includes books, newspapers, photographs, and much more -- http://lib.byu.edu/collections/?q=tag:digital 
  24. BYU Idaho Family History Center -- http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/ -- includes personal histories, photographs, vital records indices, Idaho history
  25. Early LDS periodicals online -- see Supplementary Collections page
  26. LDS RECORDS NOT ONLINE

  27. Nauvoo Databank -- a major collection of hundreds of journals, biographies, books, documents, and Church information, not just about Nauvoo people -- see Don's notes on Nauvoo Databank at  http://uvtagg.org, Class Outlines, Don's Listings -- Available at a few FHCs in Utah, Nauvoo, and Kirtland -- In Folio 4 format so it has many search options -- A few parts are now posted online -- see links in Don's Class Notes on Nauvoo Databank
  28. LDS FH Suite, LDS FH Suite 2, and other commercial CDs by Ancestry.com with text of books, records, histories, and much family history; no longer available for sale; some FHCs have copies -- see history at  https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/LDS_Family_History_Suite -- Nauvoo Databank contains all of it and more -- Marie Taylor's old website shows links to where parts of these CDs are online -- see her old website on Internet Archive -- https://archive.org/ -- Enter "genealogy-links.org" in the WayBackMachine and look at her website from about 2008 -- click on 7-LDS Ancestors > LDS Family History Suite 
  29. LDS Membership Records , Deceased Membership Records 1941-1988 and in FHLC - Deceased Membership Records -- Wiki article describes the different kinds of membership record forms that have been used, how to find, them, and their availability; deceased membership records after about 1949 are usually only available in the FHL and not in FHC's; can transcribe anything from deceased membership records, but can't make photocopies; have been extracted into IGI and new FamilySearch -- for members deceased after 1975 the Deceased Membership Office (1-801-240-3500) will usually give genealogical information over the phone, and, if needed, can get an LDS Church Birth Certificate from these records (1-801-240-3577) -- Liz Snow (husband is Don's cousin) has compiled information of various forms of Church membership records -- LDS Church Membership Records .
  30. Early Ward and Branch Records -- old "Form E's" from each unit, listed members; have been filmed and are being extracted -- Utah Church Records - LDS ; also see Jaussi and Chaston's Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers to find the film number for the particular church unit
  31. LDS Church Censuses , Church Censuses 1914-1960 , and FHLC - Church Census Records -- on 651 FHL films starting with #25708 -- usually taken every 5 years; arranged alphabetically by head of household
  32. Member Autobiographies
    1. 4-page form that all Church members were asked to complete in 1924-1929
    2. In hard copy in FHL and on 10 microfilms (FHL #1059454-1059463)
  33. Patriarchal Blessings
    1. Can obtain copies of patriarchal blessings of all your LDS ancestors at no charge, limit of 4 per month 
    2. Request via email -- see http://history.lds.org/article/chl-pb?lang=eng
    3. Electronic index at Church History Library and two filmed indices:  Patriarchal Blessing Index (1830's-1993) on 68 fiche (FHL #6334933) and Patriarchal Blessing Index (1833-1963) on 66 films (starting with FHL #392631)
    4. Be sure to check under maiden and married names and with various spellings -- many members received 2 or 3 patriarchal blessings
  34. Missionary Index -- Church History Library CR 301 43 -- Missionary Index - FS Wiki  and  Missionary Record Index, 1830-1971 (24 microfilms) -- Old fiche #6334932 (8 fiche) - may still be available in some FHC's 
  35. Ward Membership Records and Priesthood Records -- some of these are in the Nauvoo Databank (see above)
    1. Ward and local histories -- Minute Books (1837-1977), Quarterly Reports of wards and Branches (1956-1983) -- available at Church Historian's Office
    2. Seventies Quorums -- these have many biographies in them from Nauvoo -- see Nauvoo Databank above -- FHLC - Biographical Record of Early Seventies and FHLC - Record of Members of the Quorums of the Seventy,1844-1894
    3. High Priests Quorums , including High Priest Genealogies, Salt Lake Stake
    4. In FamilySearch Wiki (Learn) and FHL Catalog do Keyword search for "LDS Ward" (about 1600 films), Keyword search for "Quorum" (about 80 films) or ward name; Author search for "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" (about 6000 films)
  36. Book:  A Guide To Mormon Family History Sources by Kip Sperry, Ancestry Publishing, 2007 -- Good compilation of sources both on- and off-line
  37. UTAH RECORDS ONLINE

  38. Mountain West Digital Library -- http://mwdl.org/ -- 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
  39. Utah Digital Newspaper collection 1879-1956 -- http://digitalnewspapers.org -- Many references to births, marriages, and deaths
  40. FamilySearch Wiki article - Utah -- https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Utah  and  https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Utah_Vital_Records -- Good info about online databases 
  41. Linkpendium for Utah -- http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/UT/ -- 6,300 links
  42. USGenWeb project - Utah -- http://www.rootsweb.com/~utgenweb/
  43. Genealogylinks.net -- http://www.kindredtrails.com/utah.html
  44. FamilyHistory.com (Ancestry.com) -- http://www.familyhistory.com/state.asp?state=UT
  45. Ancestry.com -- http://www.ancestry.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?i=d&tp=2&p=47 
  46. Utah Vital Records information, application forms, costs, addresses, etc. -- https://silver.health.utah.gov/
  47. Older vital records at Utah History Research Center, Rio Grande Building, SLC -- Utah State Archives and Utah State Historical Society -- http://historyresearch.utah.gov
  48. County clerks and record offices for Utah counties -- http://www.vitalrec.com/utcounties.html
  49. 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
  50. 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 -- http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~utsaltla/archive/obit_DeseretNews_1850s.html and the Deseret News Semi-Weekly from 1865-1900 -- http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~utsaltla/archive/obit_DeseretNewsSW.html
    4. BYU-I Western States Marriage Record Index -- http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm -- Project to index all western states marriages
    5. Early Washington County Marriage Index 1862-1919 by Wesley W. Craig
  51. 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 http://historyresearch.utah.gov/inventories/81448.html -- type in name at http://historyresearch.utah.gov/indexes/index.html 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 -- http://heritage.utah.gov/history/cemeteries 
    5. Index of newspaper references for marriages and deaths from the Deseret News Weekly from 1852-1888 -- http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~utsaltla/archive/obit_DeseretNews_1850s.html and the Deseret News Semi-Weekly from 1865-1900 -- http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~utsaltla/archive/obit_DeseretNewsSW.html
    6. Online Utah Death Records and Indexes -- http://deathindexes.com/utah/index.html
    7. For Idaho deaths the BYU-I FHC will find and copy death certificates for free -- http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/index.cfm
  52. Utah State Archives and Utah State History Research Center, Rio Grande Building, SLC -- http://historyresearch.utah.gov -- Utah State Historical Society -- http://history.utah.gov/ -- and Utah State Archives -- http://archives.utah.gov/index.html -- has many records of courts, civil, naturalization, land
  53. Washington County Utah WPA Manuscripts -- http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~utwashin/wpa/index.html
  54. Washington County cemeteries -- http://www.utahcemeteries.org
  55. Utah Photo Collections
    1. Utah State Historical Society Photo Collection -- http://mwdl.org/collections/1038.php 
    2. BYU Harold B. Lee Library Photo Collection -- http://www.lib.byu.edu/dlib/historic_photos/
    3. Google Images -- http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi -- search for, e.g. Erastus Snow, or St. George Utah; or search Google for utah+photos+people
  56. Many Utah and LDS Church record indexes are listed in the FamilySearch Catalog -- https://familysearch.org/catalog-search -- do Keyword searches for things like "Utah indexes" and "LDS indexes"
  57. Sons and Daughters of the Utah Pioneers
    1. "Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude", International Society Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, 4 volumes, 1998 -- biographies and photos of many pioneer women -- http://www.dupinternational.org/
    2. "Conquerors of the West:  Stalwart Mormon Pioneers", compiled by Florence C. Youngberg, Sons of the Utah Pioneers, 4 volumes, 1999 -- biographies and photos -- http://historypreserved.com/Sons_of_Utah_Pioneers.htm
    3. Both the above plus many more biographies of LDS pioneers are indexed in Godfrey Memorial Library Catalog -- Available in all FHCs and through Library World , type "Godfrey Memorial Library" (without the quotes, no password needed), then type in the name to search, e.g. Lucina Snow
    4. Search the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers History Card Index under Histories > Pioneer Index -- http://www.dupinternational.org/ -- search seems to work better by just entering surname or given name
    5. DUP book series -- "Our Pioneer Heritage", "Heart Throbs of the West", etc. -- in printed form and in electronic form on LDS FH Suite CD's, on Ancestry.com, and on Nauvoo Databank (see above)
    6. SUP and DUP combined website -- http://www.onlineutah.com/pioneers.shtml
  58. CONCLUSION

  59. Lots of really good LDS and Utah resources, both on- and off-line -- see more references on Don's Supplementary Notes Page and to find even more do Google searches for LDS, Mormon, Utah, etc.
  60. Lots of sources to verify and complete your FamilySearch Family Tree data and it is easy to link online sources on Family Tree with RecordSeek.

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