Pioneer database thriving and growing

Its subjects are long since deceased, its roots date back three decades, its official launch date came seven-plus years ago and it recently was highlighted with one of those "distinguished service" honors. Still, the Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database is an alive, thriving, growing and an admittedly incomplete resource.

Comprised of the names and journal entries of land- and ocean-crossing Mormon pioneers from 1847 to 1868, the database has drawn nearly 340,000 online views since its 2003 Internet launch by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The database has added about 10,000 names in the seven years since, now totaling 50,000-plus names of Mormon pioneers and excerpts from some 3,200 individual journals, allowing users — ranging from the professional researcher to the personal historian — glimpses into the history of the era's immigrants and pioneers crossing the Great Plains.

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