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  1. This collection of LDS and Utah Records is a more complete list of URL's and other sources than is on the class notes on .
  2. These Supplementar Notes will help you find LDS and Utah sources and verify information on your family history.

  3. Many helpful links on FamilySearch Wiki ("Wiki" on under Search) -- see, for example, Tracing LDS AncestorsInternational Genealogical Index , and  LDS Biography
  4. Mountain West Digital Library -- -- portal to many libraries with lots of online (digital) Mormon info and collections -- searching for "Mormon" gives more than 10,000 hits with many specialized collections listed at left side of page
  5. "Pioneers in Your Attic" scanning program -- -- Scanning schedule
  6. Cyndi's List - LDS (over 200 links) --
  7. LDS-Hist: Historical Resources on the Internet --
  8. Best LDS Websites on
  9. Marie Taylor's web site -- no longer online, but you can see old versions with lots of LDS records by going to The WayBack Machine at Internet Archive -- -- and enter the URL and look for versions from about 2008.
  10. Major Websites for LDS and Utah Records -- -- taken from an old version of these notes

  11. -- Early LDS Members database from 1830 to Utah period; 57,000 names, not complete yet -- has many sources and much helpful information
    1. Snows helped produce this database while in Illinois Nauvoo Mission and have updated it several times since
    2. To see Don's description of it do a search for given name "Intro" -- Description is in the notes for the "person" Intro
  12. 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
    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
    6. Also available and searchable on  is Susan Easton-Black's  Annotated Record of Baptisms for the Dead 1840-1845, Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois , 2002, 7 vols, includes information on proxies and work done in baptisms for dead in Mississippi River
  13. Marvin Wiggins' "Mormons and Their Neighbors" -- -- searchable with references to more than 100,000 individuals
  14. Lyman Platt's "LDS Member Name Index 1830-1845" -- -- available in all FHCs
  15. Iowa and Nebraska Mormon Communities and Winter Quarters Project -- and links at
  16. International Genealogical Index (IGI) has many Deceased LDS Membership Records -- online at  under Search > Records > Browse All > IGI

  17. LDS SELECTED COLLECTIONS - From Church Historian's Office
  18. Set of 74 DVDs released by Church Historian's Office in 2002 and produced by BYU Studies -- Available in some libraries, e.g. FHL, BYU Library -- can be purchased through BYU Studies Office , but very expensive; some correction DVDs were sent to owners in Sep 2003
  19. Most is now posted online at -- see Mormon Chronicles Blog
  20. 400,000 images of personal journals, documents, and histories from Church Historian's Office
  21. Graphics images, not text files, so not text searchable
  22. 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, 58 microfilms, FHL #1233503-1233550 and 1255971-1255980 , and part of Index was released on 4 DVD's by BYU Studies -- index after 1972 is only available at Church History Library
  23. Helpful information about the Selected Collections is posted at

  25. Mormon Migration website -- 
    1. 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
    2. Updated regularly -- supercedes the old Mormon Immigration Index CD #50174 from LDS Church Distribution Centers
    3. Search brings back passenger name as well as quotations from documents and journals mentioning him
  26. Mormon Pioneer Overland Travels (1847-1868) or get to it through > Menu > The Church > History > Online Resources
    1. Information from FamilySearch Wiki (Learn) about it at Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel From 1847 to 1868
    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
  27. From FamilySearch Wiki -- LDS Emigration and Immigration
  28. Maps of the Mormon Trek Westward --
  29. For Church history see
  30. For history of the Mormon Trek Westward see manual "Chruch History in the Fulness of Times", Chaper 26 --
  31. LDS to Zion -- See old versions of Marie Taylor's website at Internet Archive (above)
  32. LDS immigration -- 
  33. Tracing Mormon Pioneers web page --
  34. Names of Persons and Sureties Indebted to the Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company from 1850 to 1877 Inclusive -- film (FHL #25686) -- pdf copy is at Mormon Historical Studies, Vol. 1, No. 2, Fall 2000, 141-242
  35. Mormon immigration info, passenger lists, ships, etc. --
  36. Trails of Hope: Overland Diaries and Letters, 1846-1869 -- journals and letters in BYU Library -- 
  37. Trails to Utah and the Pacific (American Memory, Library of Congress) --

  38. LDS Periodicals --
  39. Messenger and Advocate --
  40. Times and Seasons --
  41. Evening and Morning Star --
  42. Improvement Era, Instructor Magazine, all LDS General Conference Reports -- Internet Archives -- completely searchable
  43. Several early LDS publications -- completely searchable --
  44. Mormon Literature --
  45. Search for Mormon, Latter-day, pioneer, etc., on
  46. Uncle Dale's Readings in Old Mormon Newspapers --
  47. 19th and 20th Century Mormon Publications Online --
  48. LDS InfoBase collection -- early Church publications, periodicals, General Conference talks --

  49. Church History Library is posting much of their material online at
  50. Search engine for entries in Church Chronology, Encyclopedic History of the Church, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, and Progressive Men of Eastern Idaho --
  51. Studies in Mormon History and Culture --
  52. Journals, diaries, and early writings posted by Bill Smith -- -- completely searchable
  53. Mormon Historic Sites Foundation --
  54. Far West, Missouri -- Far West Cultural Center web site -- 
  55. Nauvoo, Illinois -- Historic Nauvoo web site --
  56. BYU Harold B. Lee Library Online Collections
  57. FH Archives:
  58. BYU Digital Collections online, including FH books and photographs -- includes all the books in the Family History Library Catalog that have been digitized -- these show in the FHLC with these words in red: "To view a digital version of this book click here."
  59. BYU Idaho Family History Center -- -- includes personal histories, photographs, vital records indices, Idaho history
  60. Temple pictures and screensavers --
  61. Good maps on -- Search for keywords such as LDS, Mormon, Church of Jesus

  62. LDS - NAUVOO DATABANK (Not Online) -- see Class Notes on Nauvoo Databank at, Class Outlines, Don's Listings
  63. Large text file collection of hundreds of journals, biographies, books, documents, and Church information -- includes much of LDS FH Suite CDs (see below) and lots more
  64. Available at a few FHCs in Utah, Nauvoo, and Kirtland
  65. In Folio 4 format so it has many search options
  66. A few parts are now posted online -- see links in Don's Class Notes on Nauvoo Databank

  68. Commercial CDs, "LDS FH Suite" and "LDS FH Suite 2", by containing text of books, records, histories, and much family history; no longer available for sale; some FHCs have copies
  69. History and info of FH Suite CDs --
  70. Much of this content is in the Nauvoo Databank (see above). but that contains much more
  71. Marie Taylor's old website (see above) shows links to the parts of these CDs that are online (Go to her web site and click on 7-LDS Ancestors > LDS Family History Suite)
  72. Includes TEXT searchable copies of
    1. Susan Easton-Black:  "Membership of the Early LDS Church, 1830-1858", not IMAGE format as on available at all FHC's
    2. Andrew Jenson:  "Church Chronology", "Biographical Encyclopedia", "Encyclopedic History of the Church"
    3. Davis Bitton:  "Guide to Mormon Diaries and Autobiographies"
    4. Frank Esshom:  "Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utan" -- includes text and pictures
    5. Marvin Wiggins:  "Mormons and Their Neighbors" -- updated version is available online for free at
    6. "Pioneer Heritage Library" -- many LDS history books and databases such as the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers book series
  73. CDs are in Folio 3 database format and standard setup doesn't work in Windows XP, but can be installed in Windows XP by using the setup program in one of the subfolders on the CD; to install in Windows 7 you need to set compatibility options for Windows XP
  74. Website for Infobase information about LDS FH Suite CDs --

  76. Ancestral File Submission Sheets -- 606 microfilms of the hard copy submissions of notes and sources to the Ancestral File -- if the submission came from hard copy, it will give the submission number and you can order the microfilm to see it -- These films are little known, but have lots of LDS FH data sources and documentation
  77. Early Church Information File -- Older descriptive brochure (#34544, Free) here
    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 -- these are the references only, not the articles themselves
    2. To find the index film you need click here or see the Film Notes in Early Church Information File in FH Library Catalog
  78. Endowment Index 1842-1970 and in FHLC - Endowment Index (1846-1969) -- sometimes called the Temple Index Bureau Card File or TIB; card file with 30 million cards; filmed on 3081 films; temple data has been extracted from original temple records into IGI and nFS, but cards may have more genealogical data
  79. Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register and in FHLC -- FHL fiche #6051326 (3 fiche) and typescript hard copy at FHL
  80. Archive Section of Family Group Sheets (1942-1969, hard copy used to be available on 4th Floor of JSMB, but now only available on film) -- Family group sheets submitted for temple work -- is a primary source for temple work done, if it has the ordinance date stamped, not typed nor hand written
  81. Archive Section - Family Group Records Collection and Research Department Patron Files -- hard copy used to be available on 4th Floor of JSMB, but now is only available on 4,018 FHL films starting with #540714 -- Family group sheets submitted to share information; filed alphabetically by husband's surname; take information with a grain of salt
  82. 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)
  83. 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
  84. 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
  85. 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)
  86. Patriarchal Blessings
    1. Can obtain copies of patriarchal blessings of all your LDS ancestors, limit of 4 per month; no charge now
    2. Request via email -- see
    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
  87. Missionary Index and FHLC - Missionary Index, 1830-1979 FHL #6334932 (8 fiche) -- Missionary records in Church History Library
  88. 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)
  89. Frontier Guardian -- LDS publication 1849-1851 in Kanesville (Council Bluffs), Iowa -- Reprinted as The Best of the Frontier Guardian Edited by Susan Easton-Black, including searchable DVD of all 81 issues; published by The University of Utah Press and BYU Studies 2009 -- many references to individuals
  90. St. Louis Luminary -- LDS publication 1854-1855 in St. Louis, Missouri -- Reprinted as The Best of the St. Louis Luminary by Susan Easton-Black, including a searchable DVD; published by The University of Utah Press and BYU Studies 2010 -- many references to individuals
  91. The Wasp -- LDS weekly publication 1842-1843 in Nauvoo, Illinois -- Reprinted by Greg Kofford Books, Salt Lake City, Utah 2003, includes the complete reprint as a searchable pdf file on a CD
  92. Mormon Battalion records -- records available in book, on film, and on CD of daily happenings taken from journals -- do a Google search for "Mormon Battalion"
  93. LDS Church Almanac -- published by Deseret News in December, sometimes yearly, sometimes bi-yearly
    1. Current one is 2012 Church News Almanac printed in Dec 2011
    2. 1997 Church Almanac for the Utah Sesquicentennial has list of companies crossing the plains and their leaders

  94. UTAH WEBSITE PORTALS (Links to Utah Websites)
  95. Mountain West Digital Library -- -- portal to many libraries with lots of info on Utah -- searching for "Utah" gives nearly 500,000 hits with many specialized collections listed at left side of page
  96. and [Old] Utah Research Outline (#31081)
  97. Linkpendium for Utah (almost 6,000 links) --
  98. Cyndi's List of FH for Utah (1,500 links) --
  99. USGenWeb project - Utah --
  100. --
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  102. --
  103. --
  104. Genealogy Today Utah links --
  105. About Genealogy --
  106. Genealogy Links for Utah --

  107. -- Lots of info about Utah vital records and online databases
  108. Utah Vital Records information, application forms, costs, addresses, etc. --
  109. Many older vital records at Utah History Research Center, Rio Grande Building, SLC -- Utah State Archives and Utah State Historical Society --
  110. County clerks and record offices for Utah counties --
  111. Can find many references to births, marriages, and deaths in Utah Digital Newspaper collection --
  112. --
  113. 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
    4. Arizona births (1855-1935) -- -- index and images of certificates
  114. 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. Complete 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
  115. 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. Complete 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. Many Utah deaths were recorded by cities, e.g. Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Logan, and are on FHL films -- may not be online
    7. Salt Lake City Cemetery Records -- available online in the Utah Burials Index (see above) and on CD at FHL
    8. Online Utah Death Records and Indexes --
    9. For Idaho deaths the BYU-I FHC will find and copy death certificates for free --
    10. Arizona Deaths (1844-1960) -- -- index and images of certificates

  116. Utah State Archives and Utah State History Research Center, Rio Grande Building, SLC -- -- Utah State Historical Society --
  117. Utah State Archives -- -- has many records of courts, civil, naturalization, land
  118. Utah's Pioneer Online Library --
  119. Utah Collections Media Encyclopedia --
  120. Utah History Encyclopedia --

  121. Utah Digital Newspaper collection 1879-1956 --
  122. Deseret News Historic Archive --
  123. NUCMC -- National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections --
  124. Utah Digital Maps --
  125. Utah Censuses indexed --
  126. Washington County Utah WPA Manuscripts --
  127. Washington County cemeteries --
  128. 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

  129. Many Utah and LDS Church records are listed in the FamilySearch Catalog -- -- search Keywords for things like "Utah indexes" and "LDS indexes"
  130. 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 --
    2. "Conquerors of the West:  Stalwart Mormon Pioneers", compiled by Florence C. Youngberg, Sons of the Utah Pioneers, 4 volumes, 1999 -- biographies and photos --
    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 -- -- 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, and on Nauvoo Databank (see above)
    6. SUP and DUP combined website --
  131. FH CDs with Utah data -- Go to Family History Library Catalog and do Keyword Search for "Utah compact disc" (without the quotes), etc.

  133. Lots of really good LDS and Utah resources, both on- and off-line -- To find even more do Google searches for LDS, Mormon, Utah, etc.
  134. Many databases available to verify, complete, and document your LDS and Utah information for your own database and for FamilySearch Family Tree

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