LDS Missionaries

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Missionary records provide information about a member’s missionary service. They also provide genealogical information. To find records of an ancestor’s missionary service see:

  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Historical Department. Missionary Record Index, 1830–1971. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1971. (FHL films 1913079–102). This is a card index that lists full-time missionaries set apart up to 1971. It also serves as an index to missionary registers available in the Historical Department—Archive Search Room. Each card shows the name, birth date and place, parents’ names, home ward and stake, dates set apart, name of the person who performed the setting apart, the mission, a reference to missionary records, and sometimes the date released.
  • [Missionary Index, 1830–1979]. [Salt Lake City, Utah: n.p., 1979?] (FHL fiche 6334932 [set of 8]). This index provides name, date of birth, the date set apart, and the book and page number of the missionary record in the Historical Department—Archive Search Room.
  • The Early Church Information File (cited fully on the "Biography" page also indexes many early missionary records. The microfilmed missionary records are no longer available in the Family History Library. The records are now available only in the Historical Department—Archive Search Room.