The Historical Pioneer Research
Group, Inc. strives to serve descendants of pioneers first, and also wishes to document and establish the history of the Church
along the Mormon Trail through the states of Iowa, Nebraska,
Wyoming and into Utah including camp sites, settlements and
burial places along its path.
Journals, letters, diaries, land records, pioneer newspapers,
and early building patterns are cross checked with land and
property record offices. These being double checked with
ground penetrating radar searches.
All findings are made available to the public here in the Early
Latter-day Saints database. Many of the resources are held at
the Nauvoo Land and Record Office, at Parley and Partridge
Streets, Nauvoo Illinois and The
Pioneer Research Library at the Trail Center at Historic Winter
Quarters, 3215 State Street, Omaha Nebraska.
The newly published "Crossroads to
the West" and "Mormon Pioneer Cemeteries" join with "Mormon
Places" to share people, places and events of the history of the
early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Officers and Members of the HPRG Board
Elder Carl Scott
Elder and Sister Carol Scott
are members of the Omaha, Nebraska Stake
they presentably serve as
service missionaries in the Omaha, Nebraska Stake.
Gail G. Holmes
Gail G. Holmes a member of the Omaha, Nebraska stake serves
as stake patriarch. President Holmes has served over 35 years as
the Church historian for the Winter Quarters area.
President Maury Schooff.
Presently is serving with Sister Joan
Schooff as president and matron of the
Winter Quarters Temple.
Dr. Shauna Anderson-Young lives in
Provo, UT. Professor Anderson Young is a assistant Dean Life Sciences
Student Services at BYU, Provo. She is a project director for the Winter
Quarters Project see
Jeanne Gubler lives in Provo, UT.
Sister Gubler is the Administrative Assistant-Manager, Life Sciences Student Services at
Jeanne assists with the Winter Quarters Project
focusing mainly on website development.
William G. Hartley lives in Sandy, UT.
Professor in the Department of History at BYU. Brother Hartley is an American
historian and author. He has written many books primarily on family history
research, histories of specific families and 19th-century Latter-day Saint
Elder Larry Nicholl serves as the
Director of Nauvoo Land and Records Office. Elder Nicholl is the senior administrator to
the Early Latter-day Saint database.
Dr. Brandon Plewe of Provo, UT. Brother Plewe is a
professor in the Department of Geography at BYU. He is responsible for the
interactive map on this site. His research has helped to identify where
specific early Mormon settlements were located.
Bob and Martha Sharp live in the
Council Bluffs, Iowa area. Brother and Sister Sharp share a passion to identify the burial
places of those
Latter-day Saints who died as they journeyed west.
They have been instrumental in helping many descendants of pioneers
visit their family sacred burial grounds.
Donald Snow is a retired professor of
Mathematics, BYU. He currently serves as teh 1st VP of the Utah Valley PAF Users
Snow was an original founder of the Nauvoo Land and
Lew Weigand is a
member of the Community of Christ Church whose members share in the early history of The Church of
Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints. Lew has a deep love and interest in
the history of early members of the Church in this area. He has
been helpful in
obtaining records that were held by the Reorganized
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
President Dave Edwards, Council
Bluffs, Iowa Stake
Dick Kruse, owner of the site of Summer Quarters
and Records Office
at the Mormon Trail Center
at Historic Winter Quarters
Mormon Atlas Project
Research at the Nauvoo Land and Records Office
the Nauvoo period. Records include Susan Easton
Black's, "Early Members of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints" and property
records of the Nauvoo area. The Land and
Records office has endeavored to gather
information on the early members of The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through to
the immigration west beginning in 1846.
||The Winter Quarters
region covered an area known as the Middle
Missouri Valley. Winter Quarters stood where
Omaha, Nebraska is located today. Across
the Missouri River sat Kanesville (today's
Council Bluffs, Iowa) and some 90 plus other
settlements founded by the LDS. Here in the
hills and hollows along the river was
established the Church headquarters for 7 years.
Researchers at the
Pioneer Research Library seek to gather the
history of the LDS the Winter Quarters,
including information on their settlements and
The Winter Quarters
Project research team through the process of
identifing pioneers of the early church learning
of their lives and deaths seek to understand the
causes of death and dying among the early LDS.
The Mormon Atlas
Project is in the process of identifing the
places of Church history. This in combination
with linking pioneers with these towns,
settlements, campsites etc. will show the
migration patterns of pioneer families.