Friday, July 22, 2011

Pioneer Day

I'm very excited about Pioneer Day this Sunday. I suspect it is a more prominent holiday in Utah than other parts of the US. It certainly rivals the 4th of July celebration around here. In honor of Pioneer Day I was excited to see this new Pioneer Collection pulled together on

I went looking for some of my pioneer ancestors and quickly found this photo of Henry Grow (architect of the Tabernacle on Temple Square). While the collection has some great data sets that will be of interest to those with ancestors that were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it also has wonderful information about pioneers throughout the US regardless of their religious affiliation.

You can search nearly 14 million names in the Pioneer Collection.

Here are some of the highlights in the collection:

I'd love to hear of any success stories you have searching the collection.

Enjoy your search and have a happy Pioneer Day!