Finding Church History Resources Online
Looking for details on pioneer ancestors or reliable historical information about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? While the Church History website at history.lds.org debuted a year ago, many more resources have been recently added, making it an incomparable treasure trove of searchable gems.
If you haven’t visited this site yet, you should, and plan on spending a little time learning about interesting highlights of the Church’s progress from its earliest days. Take for exploring and passing through a “portal” of sorts to a variety of resources in the Church History Department, such as the Church History Library, family history books, BYU digital collections, Church History Museum and Internet archives of Church publications. All of the content is digitally searchable.
“In the age of the Internet, Church history information is accessible in a way that it never has been before from a variety of sources, some of which are very trustworthy and some of which are not,” Matthew McBride, web content manager with the Church History Department, told the Church News recently. “We’d like to be very proactive about being a consistent, faithful voice in the conversation about Church history on the Web.”
Type your own pioneer ancestors’ names in the search box in the library catalog for family history documents or locate them in the Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel database. Or search by place to find Church pioneers around the world, and then read or watch their inspiring stories.
Learn about the first single female missionary, Inez Knight, who was sent to Great Britain in 1998 and faced great opposition as she preached the gospel. Her story is highlighted in the “Women of Conviction” section.
For general Church history, “Revelations in Context” relates the stories behind individual sections of the Doctrine and Covenants, including new insights from the Joseph Smith Papers.
There is a great collection of videos and transcripts from a variety of presentations. Click on “The Untold Story of Mormon Pioneers with Disabilities” or “A Special Witness: Bruce R. McConkie” by his son, Joseph Fielding McConkie, for stories and videos documenting these or other Church members.
Under “Presidents of the Church,” find bios, photos and article and video links for each president of the Church since Joseph Smith. Also, an entire section is dedicated to Joseph Smith, including his life and mission, associated historical sites and a resource center that provides photos, articles and more.
“Treasures of the Collection,” includes displays that have been, or will be, at the museum in Salt Lake City. Featured here are lost sermons from early Church leaders that, until now, had not been transcribed from the shorthand in which they were recorded. You can find the sermon given by Brigham Young at Mary Fielding Smith’s funeral, Parley P. Pratt’s report on his mission to Chile and much more.
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