20 August 2012

Mormon Migration Index

It never ceases to amaze me how many previously-unknown-to-me genealogy research resources I can stumble across in any given day!

A recent find is the Mormon Migration Index.  We all know the challenges of trying to get our ancestors documented as they “crossed the pond.”

The journey to Zion often began with an ocean voyage. Crossing the ocean in the 19th century was difficult, expensive, and often dangerous. It also marked a dramatic turning point in the lives of early Latter-day saint converts who left their homelands and sailed for America. Discover stories, letters, journal entries, and other accounts of their voyage.

On this site you can you can search through personal accounts, passenger lists and logs. The database includes thousands of passenger records, stories, journal entries, scanned registry images, and other information.  Recognize that this is a work in progress and so do check back often for additions.

Besides searching for your ancestor on ships lists etc, you can also learn the history of 19th century Mormon Migration by reading posted articles.

Though I do not have any Mormon ancestors, I was curious to see if the database included any entries from Oldham, Lancashire, England and it does! Here is a snippet of the listed entries.

Did you “find” something new to you in this database?

Thanks for Leland Meitzler for posting about this great resource.

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