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Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847-1868
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Location of Utah
Record Description
Record Type Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Index
Collection years 1847-1868
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  • Winter Quarters Project. This is a project designed to identify and publish information about early members of the LDS Church who lived in Winter Quarters, Nebraska, and Middle Missouri between the years1846-1853. There are links on the website to: Deaths, Cemeteries, Settlements, Links, Maps, Contact, Videos. The collection is housed at BYU Harold B. Lee Library, Provo, Utah.
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection is a database from the Church History Library containing a compilation of names obtained from rosters and other reliable sources of individuals who immigrated to Utah from 1847-1868. Most companies are listed with the name of its captain and a brief summary of the company's experience during their journey. Many company pages include a list of diaries, journals, letters, and reminiscences written by company members, as well as contemporary reports about the company. The content of several thousand of those narratives have been transcribed and are included in the database.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Full name of ancestor
  • Event type
  • Event date
  • Birth date
  • Death date
  • Pioneer Company name

  • Gender
  • Previous residences
  • Names of other family members
  • Relationships
  • Photographs when available
  • Other biographical details

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample of indexed information:

Field Indexed Value
Name John Dorn Smith
Event Type Immigration
Event Date 19 Oct 1848
Event Place Deseret, United States†
Gender Male
Birth Date 04 Oct 1834
Departure Date 03 Jul 1848
Death Date 22 Apr 1922
Pioneer Company Willard Richards Company

†It must be noted that when the first settlers arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley, it belonged to the province of Alta California, Mexico. Deseret was first proposed as the name in 1849 and was never recognized by the United States government.

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • The date of arrival into Utah Territory

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Found the Person who I was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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