Church Members Can Now Connect to Unknown Ancestors Like Never Before

by | Jul. 20, 2015

Mormon Life

Church members can now connect to previously unknown Mormon Pioneers in a whole new way through the newly redesigned Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel website. In addition to allowing Church members to discover their pioneer ancestry, the website now provides ways for people to read their ancestors’ journals, view their photos, read humorous stories and other interesting articles, and learn about major events in their ancestors lives.

This site offers a fun way for kids to see and experience family history, helping the whole family grow together as you gain more insight into the lives of your ancestors. 

The Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel website now includes information about more than 57,000 pioneers and 370 pioneer companies.

“This is an extremely significant database,” said Keith Erekson, Church History Library Director. “It reveals so much about individual pioneers and their experiences, but it also offers fresh new insights about their collective experience.”

Featured in the Church's new "I Am a Pioneer" campaign, the new features will help bring history to life and inspire millions through the courage, faith, triumph, and sacrifice of those who crossed the plains. 

To access the site and these new features, visit FamilySearch.org/pioneers or history.lds.org/overlandtravels.

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