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  • Name [Introduction -- See Notes]  
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I1  Early Latter-day Saints
    Last Modified 7 Feb 2007 

  • Notes 


      [This Introduction is in the Notes for RIN #1 of the database. To see it in http://earlylds.com enter "Intro" in the "Given Name" field.]

      On the home page in the search fields enter a surname and/or given name and press ENTER or click SEARCH. You will see everyone matching those names. Click on Advanced for more search capabilities. To see the search possibilities click on the pick arrows on the search boxes. The Next Generation software used to form the web pages for this data also has a Soundex search there that helps in finding people with variant surname spellings. Searching for "Name Starts With John*" picks up Johnson, Johnston, Johnsen, and other variants. If you can't find your ancestor and he should be here, try wildcard searches and variant spellings yourself. To see an alphabetical list of everyone in the database, click the Search icon without entering any search criteria. The usual custom we have followed for old LDS locations is to show the old name with the current name in parentheses, e.g. Kanesville (Council Bluffs), Pottawattamie, Iowa, USA, and Zenos (Mesa), Maricopa, Arizona, USA. The counties we have listed are usually the current counties, with some variant locations and spellings in the notes. We have felt that where the place is actually located and where the records might be found override other considerations. We have made some of the surnames uniform since spelling wasn't emphasized in those years and different spellings may refer to the same person.

      This database of almost 54,000 names is an attempt to include the names of ALL EARLY LDS MEMBERS from 1830 up to the Utah period. It is not complete yet and there are many more names to be included. The original PAF database of just the Nauvoo Saints was started and worked on by missionaries in the Land and Records Office of the Illinois Nauvoo Mission and by Sep 2004 had grown to about 39,000 names. Our assignment then was to correct it, clean it up, and get it ready to post on the Internet. We decided to include all early LDS members from anywhere and not just the Nauvoo saints. The database was first posted on the Internet at http://earlylds.com on 23 Dec 2005, the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Joseph Smith. By Apr 2006 it contained about 49,000 names when the Pioneer Research Group of Omaha, Nebraska requested that their Winter Quarters Saints database be merged into our's since there were so many duplications. The Winter Quarters Saints database, posted on http://www.pioneerresearchgroup.org, contained the names of about 7,500 Mormons who had been in Iowa and Nebraska on the trek west. After putting those names together in families and eliminating the duplications that brought in about 3000 new names. Many more names have been added since so now (Feb 2007) the total is almost 54,000 names. The Winter Quarters database compiled by the Pioneer Research Group of Omaha, Nebraska came from data collected by Ronald G. Watt in the LDS Church Historian's Office and listed LDS members who lived in wards and branches in Iowa and Nebraska during the Mormon Westward Trek, primarily from 1846 to about 1860. When the decision was made to incorporate it into the Early LDS database in April 2006, a (PAF) Residence User Event was added to each record in the GEDCOM's of the Pioneer Research Group's files indicating the person's residence in Iowa and/or Nebraska. We have benefited greatly from the work and help of Harvey B. Black of Provo, Utah. Note also that tombstone photographs for the Old Nauvoo Burial Grounds are posted on the web site by clicking on CEMETERIES at the top of any of the pages.

      We have converted most of the sources that were originally stored in the notes into real genealogical source citations and for now have left them in the notes, as well. Eventually, we hope to have the notes contain only bioraphical, research, and general interest infomation, as is the present genealogical standard. We have also developed a way to include active Internet links in the sources, notes, and events, so you can click on the link to get to the Internet source. In order for someone to obtain source documents, we have shown a repository for most sources, e.g. the Family History Library, but many of the sources can be found in several libraries.

      We know that absolute completeness and accuracy in a project of this magnitude is impossible, but it can already be a major help to historians and family historians. It includes, for example, many references and Internet links to more data about these people. It can also be searched for answers to such questions as: "Who was born in Kirtland, Ohio?", "Who was buried in Nauvoo, Illinois?", "Who was lived in Council Bluffs, Iowa?", and even "Who was killed in the Haun's Mill Massacre?" Since we are continuing work on it, please bring needed corrections and additions to our attention by emailing us with the corrections or additions and citing the primary (original) sources for that data. Our email address is at the bottom of this note.

      We offer our efforts as a help to study and remember these early saints. If you have comments, and especially correctons or additions, please contact us with the correction or addtion and citing sources, preferrably original sources. Thanks.

      Elder Larry Nicholl, Illinois Nauvoo Mission
      Donald R. and Diane M. Snow, snowdr@gmail.com
      8 Feb 2007

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Book - A Brief sketch of the life of David Foote, (Genealogical Society of Utah).