= Introduction =
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 dis-incorporated 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.
= Internet Sources =
Two sites that will be helpful in searching for your ancestors who participated in the Perpetual Emigration Fund include the following:
*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:
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:firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com]
= Additional Information =
Numerous sites on the Internet provide some historical background about the Perpetual Emigration Fund Company.