|Tracing LDS Ancestors|
Directories are alphabetical lists of the names of people who live in the same place or who are members of an organization. Many local Church units publish directories, but these are not widely available.
Local Church Directories
The FamilySearch Catalog has a collection of ward and stake membership directories. To find the few local Church directories that the Family History Library has, check the Author/Title Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. [Branch].
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. [Ward].
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. [Stake].
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. [Mission].
Look in the Subject Search under:
CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS— DIRECTORIES
Also look in the Locality Search under:
[NATION]— CHURCH RECORDS— DIRECTORIES
[STATE]— CHURCH DIRECTORIES
[STATE], [COUNTY]— CHURCH DIRECTORIES
[STATE], [COUNTY], [TOWN]— CHURCH DIRECTORIES
[STATE], [COUNTY], [TOWN]— CHURCH RECORDS
In Utah, city directories are a good substitute for church directories or church censuses. Directories for Logan, Ogden, Provo, Salt Lake, St. George, and other areas can help you determine what ward an individual attended because they list the address. With the address you can use the sources described in LDS Historical Geography to determine which ward or branch your ancestor attended.
Several early Utah directories list which ward each member attended. Many of these directories have been indexed in the Early Church Information File. For more information about Utah city directories see Utah Directories.
The following directory was compiled from Salt Lake City tax records:
Directory of Individuals Residing in Salt Lake City Wards, 1854–1861. Early Mormon Series,1. Salt Lake City, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems, 1982. (Family History Library book 979.2 K24j Volume 1; fiche 6031601). This is not circulated to Family History Centers. It is an alphabetical list of Salt Lake City tax payers. It includes the name of each individual and the ward attended. This is indexed in the Early Church Information File.
For further directories see the Locality Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:
[STATE or PROVINCE], [COUNTY], [TOWN]— DIRECTORIES