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Craig L. Foster

Craig has worked at the Family History Library since 1991. He has worked as a British cataloger and since 1997 has worked in the VIP Services (formerly Library Public Affairs) Unit.


  • Master of Library and Information Sciences (1991)

          Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

  • Master of Arts in British History (1989)

          Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

  • Bachelor of Arts in History (1986)

          Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah




A Different God? Mitt Romney, the Religious Right, and the Mormon Question
          (Salt Lake City, Utah: Greg Kofford Books, 2008)

Newell G. Bringhurst and Craig L. Foster, The Mormon Quest for the Presidency
          (Independence, Missouri: John Whitmer Books, 2008).

Penny Tracts and Polemics: A Critical Analysis of Anti-Mormon Pamphleteering in Great
          Britain, 1837-1860. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Greg Kofford Books, 2002)

          Selected Articles

“William Butler: Irish Convert and Builder of the Kingdom,” Journal of the Butler Society 4, no. 4 (Summer 2008): 644-651.

“Finding Famous Relatives is a Ball of Fun!” Crossroads 3 (March 2008): 93-94.

“Massacring the Truth,” The FARMS Review 19, no. 2 (2007): 137-176.

“The Persistence of Plural Marriage Within Mainstream Mormonism: The Example of the Barr and Mary Musser Family,”

          in Newell G. Bringhurst and John C. Hamer, eds., Scattering of the Saints: Schism Within            Mormonism (Independence, Missouri: John Whitmer Books, 2007): 290-314.

“Where Have All the Pure-Bloods Gone?: A Look at Family and Lineage in The World
          of Harry Potter,” Lumos 2006: A Harry Potter Symposium (2006)
“What has become of the House of Black? The Disappearing Families in J. K. Rowling’s
          Books,” with Suzanne Foster in Galadriel Waters, ed., The Plot Thickens . . . Harry Potter Investigated

          by Fans for Fans (Niles, IL: Wizarding World Press, 2004): 52-53.
“The History of Genealogy in America,” with Richard E. Turley, Jr., in Tien-Wai Lin, ed., Collected Articles on Collected  

          Materials [published in Chinese and English] (Haikou City, China: Nanfang Publishing Co., 2002), 829-859.

“The Butler Murder of April 1869: A Look at Extralegal Punishment in Utah,” Mormon Historical Studies 2 (Fall 2001):

“The Sensational Murder of James R. Hay and Trial of Peter Mortensen,” Utah’s Lawless Fringe: Stories of True Crime    

          (Salt Lake City, Utah: Signature Books, 2001), p. 88-115.
“That ‘Canny Scotsman’: John Sharp’s Negotiations with the Union Pacific Railroad, 1869-1872,” Journal of Mormon 

          History 27 (Fall 2001): 197-214.
“The Men of the Lot Smith Company of 1862,” Genealogical Journal 26 (1998): 147-162.

"Henry Caswall: Anti-Mormon Extraordinaire," BYU Studies 35 (1996): 144-157.

"Victorian Pornographic Imagery in Anti-Mormon Literature," Journal of Mormon History 19 (Spring 1993): 115-132.

"Tarnished Angels: Prostitution in Storeyville, New Orleans, 1900-1910," Louisiana History 31 (Fall 1990): 387-397.