Genealogy Resources

Family History Library

Residents of Utah are fortunate to have the world’s foremost genealogical resource in their own back yard. The Family History Library (FHL), operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, contains a variety of records that can help with family history and genealogical research. The FHL is located at 35 North West Temple in Salt Lake City. The library contains vital records, including birth, marriage, and death records from both government and church sources. The library collection also includes census returns; court, property, and probate records; cemetery records; emigration and immigration lists; printed genealogies; and family and county histories.

The Family History Library’s computer system also contains several large databases, some with millions of names. They include the Ancestral File, the Pedigree Resource File, the Vital Records Index, and the International Genealogical Index. You can access these databases on the Internet at FamilySearch. While data from those resources cannot be used for your documentation, it will often point to the records which you can use. The Family History Library’s collection concentrates on records of deceased persons who lived before 1920. All records are obtained legally with the approval and cooperation of the government and local authorities who have jurisdiction over the records.

If you decide to conduct your research at the library in person, there is a friendly and knowledgeable staff ready to help you.

On the Web

FamilySearch

This is the official web site for the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City.

Cindi’s List

This web site contains over 325,000 links to various genealogical resources. The site includes a detailed topical and subject index to help you find the type of documentation you are searching for.

Rootsweb

This web site, supported by Ancestry.com, lists numerous web sites, databases and other resources for conducting genealogical research.

New England Historic Genealogical Society

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is the oldest genealogical society in the country. For over 150 years, NEHGS has helped new and experienced researchers trace their heritage in New England and around the world.

Ancestry.com

A well-known subscription-based service for doing genealogical and family history research.

Utah Pioneer Resources

Many Utah pioneers were also descendants of one or more Mayflower passengers. Certainly, descent from a Utah Pioneer is not a requirement for Mayflower membership, but if your line of descent includes a Utah Pioneer with Mayflower ancestry, these sources may help bridge the gap that often occurs in the 19th century

The first three can be found in the reference section (behind the information desk) on the second floor at the FHL and elsewhere:

  • International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers. Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude
  • Frank Elwood Esshom, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, published in 1913
    The classic Utah “mug book.” The two volume set is available by download from the FHL catalog and contains biographies, genealogies and even photographs of pioneers and early residents of the state of Utah. In addition to prominent men, many women who were important to the growth of the territory and state are included. With over 10,000 snapshots of these persons, this work is helpful to the researcher seeking information on important founders of Utah. This book is also “on the shelf” at the GSMD library, so you do not have to include the pages from it in your documentation.
  • Florence Cummings Youngberg, Conquerors of the West: Stalwart Mormon Pioneers
  • Susan Easton Black, Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1848
    This 50 volume set is on the 3rd floor of the FHL, on fiche, and as a database on Ancestry.com. It appears that only the printed version has the sources and that makes it the version of choice.
  • Early Church Information File
    From the catalog: “An alphabetical index of some members of the LDS Church, primarily from sources from 1830 to the mid-1900s. Sources include LDS church records, journals, biographies, cemetery records, immigration records and published books.” Now available online at familysearch.org, but as of this writing, not indexed, so you have to browse to find the individual you want. It’s also on microfilm at the FHL, may be easier to use than the online version, but not as accessible.
  • Utah Division of State History, Utah Cemeteries and Burials
    “The Utah State Cemeteries and Burials database is used by cemeteries, researchers, genealogists, and individuals to locate the sites of burials and cemeteries throughout the state. We work with all cemeteries throughout the state to make this information available to the public in one comprehensive location.”
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