Utah, FamilySearch, Early Church Information File (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Utah, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Historical
Collection years 1830-1900
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Archive
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family History Department


What Is in the Collection?

This collection contains images of index cards in alphabetical order for some early members of the LDS Church. The names on the cards come primarily from sources created about 1830 going to the mid-1900s. Sources include LDS church records, journals, biographies, cemetery records, immigration records and published books.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Utah, FamilySearch, Early Church Information File, 1830-1900.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The index cards can provide the following information:

  • Name of your ancestor
  • Dates for certain events
  • Residences
  • Possible known associates
  • Additional sources to search
  • Call numbers to additional sources

Collection Content

Sample Image

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • The name of a parent or date of the event


View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select First and Last Name

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses. Witnesses were usually family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.

Known Issues with This Collection

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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, FamilySearch, Early LDS Church Information File, 1830-1900." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family History Department.

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Utah, FamilySearch, Early Church Information File, 1830-1900.


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