Journal History of the LDS Church

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The Journal History of the Church is a day-by-day scrapbook of events in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[1] The history is housed at the Church History Library, but much of the content is available online. A research guide is also available to assist in navigating the Journal History and its index.

Online Copy

The online version of the Journal History and its index are available on the Church's history website. The index is available through the Church History Catalog media viewer. As of January 2019, images of the the Journal History from 1830 through 1923 are available online. Later dates are only available on microfilm at the Church History Library.

Microfilm Copy

The microfilm copy covers 1830 to 1989. It includes pioneer company rosters 1847 to 1868, priesthood ordinations, missionary labors, records of new missions and stakes, conference reports, and obituaries taken from newspaper clippings, extracts from journals, letters, histories, biographies, and manuscript material. The microfilms do not circulate to Family History Centers, but are available at the Church History Library, Family History Library, at the Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library, and at the Marriott Library (Univ. of Utah).

Index

There is an alphabetical card index to the Journal History, which shows the date and page number for names, places, events and subjects. The index for 1830 to 1972 is a card index available as digital images. There is also a non-circulating microfilm edition of the card index called the Index to Journal History[2].

Sources

  1. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Historical Department. Journal History (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). Salt Lake City, Utah: Historical Dept., 1968, 1973. (FHL films 1259729–975).
  2. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Historical Department. Index to Journal History. [Salt Lake City, Utah: Historical Dept., 1973]. (On 58 FHL films beginning with 1233503; not available at Family History Centers.)