Utah, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Utah, United States
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Location of Utah
Record Description
Record Type Historical
Collection years 1847-1868
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of an index and images to the biographical sketches from Frank Esshom's Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah: Comprising Photographs, Genealogies, Biographies (Salt Lake City: Utah Pioneer Books, 1913).

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Utah, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, 1847-1868.

Collection Content

Sample Images

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

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 begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The names of the ancestor' parents.
  • The place where your ancestor lived.
  • The names of other known associates.


Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
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.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
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 "Surname Letter"
⇒Select the appropriate "Surname"
⇒Select the appropriate "Name" which takes you to the images

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

With either search 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.

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

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

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • 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.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • 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.

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, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, 1847-1868.” Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Frank Esshom's Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah. Living Records Team, Salt Lake City.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Utah, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, 1847-1868.


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, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, 1847-1868.


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