The Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company was organized in October 1849. The "donations to the fund helped outfit" members "for the trek west" from 1850 to 1887. It also funded voyages to America starting in 1856. The fund was disincorporated in 1887 under the provisions of the Edmunds-Tucker Act. Approximately 30,000 people were assisted "with all or part of their transportation expenses" during the thirty-seven years of the Fund's operation. (Mormon Historical Studies, Fall 2000, p142)
There is no complete list of members who used PEF exists. Many members used the fund, and paid their debt; enabling other members to emigrate. However, in 1877 a list called Names of Persons and Sureties Indebted to the Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company from 1850 to 1877 was created. This was a list of everyone who used PEF but had not paid their debt. Then as part of the Jubulee year of the Church, the "Worthy Poor" were forgiven their debt.
<br>' = Internet Sources =
Two sites that will be helpful in searching for your ancestors who participated in the Perpetual Emigration Fund include the following:
'''Mormon Historic Sites Foundation''' - [http://www.mormonhistoricsitesfoundation.org/ http://www.mormonhistoricsitesfoundation.org]
* The foundation's Fall 2000 issue of "Mormon Historical Studies” included a reprint of a report that was published in 1877 titled, "[http://www.mormonhistoricsitesfoundation.org/publications/studies_fall2000/mhs1.2JensenWardFall2000.pdf#search= "perpetual emigration fund" ''Names of Persons and Sureties Indebted to the Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company from 1850 to 1877 Inclusive'']." The authors were Richard L. Jensen and Maurine Carr Ward. The publication is available in PDF format on the Foundation's web site.
'''Tracing Mormon Pioneers'''- http://www.xmission.com/~nelsonb/pioneer.htm
* The index of LDS pioneer ancestors on this website includes the pioneer names from the original 1877 publication in addition to many other records that document LDS pioneers.
= Family History Library Sources =
''Perpetual Emigration Fund'' by Grant Davis.
* The Tracing Mormon Pioneers website has included the names from the original 1877 publication in their online index of pioneer immigration records http://www.xmission.com/~nelsonb/pioneer.htm
= Church History Library and Archives Sources =
The original financial ledgers of the Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company are available at the Church History Library and Archives. Every person who benefited from the PEF were not included in the ledgers. The information that was included in the ledgers includes:
* Name of the person who emigrated from Britain.
* The amount they were loaned.
An index to the Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company ledgers is available at the Church History Library and Archives reference room in Salt Lake City. If you do not live near the Library, you can write and ask if your ancestor's names are in the PEF Ledgers Index. The e-mail address is [mailto:email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org]
= Additional Information =
Numerous sites on the Internet provide some historical background about the Perpetual Emigration Fund Company.
Gordon B. Hinckley, “[http://library.lds.org/nxt/gateway.dll?f=templates$fn=default.htm The Perpetual Education Fund],” April 2001 Conference Talk
Wikipedia article, "[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perpetual_Emigration_Fund Perpetual Emigration Fund]"
[http://historytogo.utah.gov/utah_chapters/pioneers_and_cowboys/perpetualemigratingfundcompany.html History to Go at Utah.gov]
[http://www.xmission.com/~nelsonb/pef_his.htm The Emigrating Fund in Europe] (Source: ''Prelude to the Kingdom'' by Gustive O. Larson, Pages 155-167)
[http://heritage.uen.org/resources/Wcd6fb3d6206c9.htm Heritage Gateways - Perpetual Emigration Fund (D.U.P. material)]
[http://www.xmission.com/~nelsonb/mode.htm Mode of Conducting the Migration] - This article by church historian Andrew Jenson first appeared in the LDS periodical, The Contributor, Volume 13 (1892) pages 181-185.
[http://www.answers.com/topic/perpetual-emigration-fund Answers.com article about the Perpetual Emigration Fund]
[http://www.lds.org/ldsfoundation/accelwork/humanintereststory/0,7989,1325--0-2235,00.html LDS Philanthropies – Family Gathers to Repay PEF]
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