Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Index - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847-1868
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|Record Type||Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Index|
|Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church History Library|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
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:
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample of indexed information:
|Name||John Dorn Smith|
|Event Date||19 Oct 1848|
|Event Place||Deseret, United States†|
|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]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the person
- The date of arrival into Utah Territory
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
Found the Person who I was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Use the date of death to find a death record
- Use the age or estimated birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, records
- Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records
- Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses
Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
- Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Utah.
- Tracing Latter-day Saint Ancestors
- Beginning Research in United States Immigration and Emigration Records
- Utah Guided Research
- Utah Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research: 1850-1905 | 1900-Present
Related Family History Library Holdings[edit | edit source]
- Historic sites and markers along the Mormon and other great western trails
- Mormon pioneer companies crossing the plains (1847-1868) narratives : guide to sources in Utah libraries and archives
- The Latter-day Saints' emigrants' guide : being a table of distances ... from Council Bluffs to the valley of the Great Salt Lake ...
Related FamilySearch Historical Record Collections[edit | edit source]
Related Digital Books[edit | edit source]
- Utah Immigration Card Index, 1847-1868.
- Andrew Jensen. Pioneer Land Rosters: General Migration to the Great Salt Lake Valley
- Andrew Jensen. Latter-day Emigration.
- Andrew Jensen. Day by Day with the Utah Pioneers, 1847: a chronological record of the trek across the plains; a revision of the account published April 6, 1897 in the Salt Lake Tribune.
- List of the pioneers of 1847 : with biographical notes, copied from the Journal History of the Church, 1847, and the Historical Records vol. 9
- Utah. Semi-Centennial Commission. The book of the pioneers who arrived in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake in 1847 : including the names, ages, autographs and location of all the survivors who could be found on July 24, 1847, "the year of the Jubilee!"
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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