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Friday, October 8, 2010

Church History Library vs. Family History Library

Do you know the difference?  Do you know that BOTH are important to your family history?  The Church History Library focuses on the history of the church as a whole, whereas the Family History Library focuses on multigenerational families and individuals.  The reason that you would want to use the Church History Library is that you can learn about the history of the time period of your ancestors. This additional information puts "meat" on the bones of your family history dates. Did you know that the Church History Library has the most complete listing of Mormon pioneer emigrants and companies who traveled to Utah from 1847-1868?  See for yourself at  You will be surprised at what you can find!  Of course, the Church History Library has much more than this one database!  Check it out!  Below is an example of what I found for my ancestor, Amelia Evans.

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868
Evans, Amelia
Birth Date: 8 Apr. 1838
Death Date: 8 Oct. 1886
Gender: Female
Age: 18
Company: James G. Willie Company (1856)

"Immigration to Utah," Deseret News [Weekly], 15 Oct. 1856, 254.   Read Trail Excerpt     Source Locations
Journal History, 9 Nov. 1856, p. 19     Source Locations
Patriarchal Blessing Index     Source Locations
Rogerson, Josiah, "Captain J. G. Willie's Or, the Fourth Handcart Company of 1856 [No. 1]," Salt Lake Herald, 15 Dec. 1907.   Read Trail Excerpt     Source Locations
Smith, Don, e-mail communication, 29 Apr. 2003.     Source Locations

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