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Find Your Family in Church History

Database of Early Mormon Missionaries (1830–1930)

In the Early Mormon Missionaries database, discover a wealth of information about almost 40,000 missionaries who served during the Church’s first 100 years.


Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database (1847–1868)

Explore records and data on more than 57,000 pioneers in nearly 400 wagon and handcart companies. Search for your ancestors by name or company.


A Day-by-Day Chronology of Church History Events

The Journal History of the Church is a compilation of Church history events from 1830 to 2008. Sources include newspapers, correspondence, diaries, letters, sermons, minutes, and accounts.

Index of People Named in the Joseph Smith Papers

The Joseph Smith Papers Project is an effort to gather all existing documents pertaining to Joseph Smith and to provide accurate transcripts of those documents, including an index of people with whom Joseph Smith interacted.

Index of Letters Written to Brigham Young

The Brigham Young Office Files contain roughly 15,000 letters between Church members and President Brigham Young between 1844 and 1877. These files can be accessed through the Church history catalog.

Index to Periodical Articles Produced by the Church

The Church Periodical Index identifies all significant articles in Church-produced English-language magazines, including the Ensign, Liahona, New Era, Friend, Church News, and others. The index contains more than 160,000 entries and is searchable through the Church history catalog.

Online Research Guides for Family History

The Latter-day Saint Family and Local History Sources Research Guide identifies thousands of records in the library that offer historical context for your ancestors’ lives.