A Guide to Mormon Family History Sources

A Guide to Mormon Family History Sources is, simply, a resource guide to “electronic databases, websites, microfilm collections, indexes, and more” pertaining directly to Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) and their families. Like most genealogists, most members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are well-aware of, if not intimately familiar with, the Church’s Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City. There are, however, other libraries and other resources beyond the FHL which hold many useful collections relevant to searching one’s Mormon ancestors.

Resources covered in the book include both online as well as more traditional sources of information. Chapter one provides an historical background and chronology to major events in the LDS Church’s history. Chapter two is to help get you started. Chapters three through seven effectively list resources with key information. Here is an example of one of the shorter entries in the book:

Nauvoo, Illinois, Tax Index, 1842

A list of taxpayers from Hancock County, Illinois, in 1842.

Format: Online database taken from FHL microfilm.

Location: Internet.

Description: Online database compiled by Lyman Platt, Nauvoo Tax Records, 1842 (Orem, UT: ancestry, 1999).

Contents: Identifies 1842 property owners in Hancock County, Illinois. Shows given name, surname, page number, and coordination (for example, 6N8W).

Internet: <www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/4221.htm>.

 Chapter eight is a list of useful websites and nine covers periodicals, newsletters, and newspapers. The author, Kip Sperry, is a professor of family history at Brigham Young University. He is also an accredited genealogist, certified genealogist, certified genealogical lecturer, fellow, American Society of Genealogists, and fellow, Utah Genealogical Association.


Table of Contents




Chapter 1: Historical Background

Chapter 2: Beginning Your Research

Chapter 3: Indexes, Finding Aids, and Guides

Chapter 4: Compiled and Printed Records

Chapter 5: Original Records

Chapter 6: Migration, Emigration, and Immigration Records

Chapter 7: Computer Resources and Databases

Chapter 8: Internet Sites

Chapter 9: Periodicals, Newsletters, and Newspapers

Appendix A: Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Terms

Appendix B: Addresses




About the Author


Obtain a copy of A Guide to Mormon Family History Sources at Family Roots Publishing; Item #: TP012, Price: $16.61.

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