17 February 2016

Early Mormon Missionaries Database

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has created a database of Early Mormon Missionaries (1830-1930).

During the century following the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1830, almost 40,000 men and women served proselytizing missions. In their travels, they taught in 36 countries and spoke to millions of people. 

The database is based on two key sources ...

... a set of large ledgers—called the “missionary registers”—housed in the Church History Library. In 1860 a clerk began to record in these ledgers information about the calling of missionaries set apart in Salt Lake City to serve full-time missions. The registers, kept until 1959, are a rich source of biographical data. They contain the missionaries’ birth dates, birthplaces, parents’ names, baptism dates, the names of those who baptized them, residences at the time of their calls, their mission assignments, dates they were set apart, their priesthood offices (when applicable), and in many cases the dates they returned from their mission.

... a roster of missionaries compiled under the direction of assistant Church historian Andrew Jenson in 1925. This roster was, in part, an attempt to reconstruct a list of missions served prior to 1860.

Are there comparable databases created for the missionaries associated with other religions?

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