Mormon Migration Database (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Mormon Migration Database, 1840-1932
This article describes a collection of records at
Utah, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Migration
Collection years 1840-1932
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Related Websites
Brigham Young University

What is in This Collection?

This collection consists of an index of pioneer immigrants with image links to journals, autobiographies, letters, and other narratives for the years 1840 to 1932. The immigrants were from the British Isles, Scandinavian, Swedish, and Netherlands Missions. Images of the materials are found on the Mormon Migration website from Brigham Young University.

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Name
  • Names of others traveling with the immigrant
  • Gender
  • Married or single
  • Whether member, child, or Priesthood office held
  • Birth date and place
  • Baptism date
  • Residence or current address
  • Remarks

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of birth
  • The names of family members and their relationships

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s migration record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the names of the parents' father and mother to find additional generations of the family
  • Use the birth date to search for a civil birth record
  • If your ancestor had a common name, be sure to look at all the entries for a name before you decide which is correct
  • You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to determine if any of the individuals in this collection are part of your family
  • Additional searches of the records may be necessary to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives
  • This or additional information may also be available in the "Trees" section of FamilySearch

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

  • Look for variant spellings of the surnames
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
  • 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 that may be your ancestor

Record Finder

Consult the Utah Record Finder to search other records.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Mormon Migration Database, 1840-1932." Database. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.

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