Utah, Andrew Jensen, Latter-Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.


What is in the Collection?

These records include an index with images to Andrew Jensen's Latter-Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia for the years 1830 to 1936. This is a compilation of biographical sketches of prominent men and women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The encyclopedia contains 4 volumes covering the years 1901-1936.

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

Collection Content

These records may contain the following information:

  • Pictures
  • Names
  • Parents' names
  • Birth places
  • Various biographical details
  • Information on military service
  • Various community leadership activities

How Do I Search the Collection?

To search the collection by name
Fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.

To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the appropriate "Volume Number" which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.

Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Make a list of all the individuals with your surname. You may be able to sort many of them into individual families.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been included in the collection.

What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals with the same family number.

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Related Wiki Articles

Utah Genealogy

How You Can Contribute

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Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
Collection Citation:

“Utah, Andrew Jensen. Latter-Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia.” Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Andrew Jensen. Living Records Division, Salt Lake City.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record will be available with each record once the collection is published.