History of the Church Series

October 18, 2017
History of the Church Series
Family Land and Records Center in Nauvoo
Author Susan E. Black

This daily feature is an introduction to a full article by Susan E. Black. Each Wednesday we focus on an aspect of church history, beginning in New York in the early 19th century and progressing throughout the year to Utah in the 20th century. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

Researchers seeking either data for demographic studies or facts about a specific person who lived in Iowa or Hancock county, Illinois, from 1839 to 1845 can consult the family land and records center.1 Initially established to help visitors locate their ancestors, this research center in the LDS Nauvoo Visitors' Center contains numerous documents gathered by Nauvoo missionaries. Each record is classified under one of three main headings—Nauvoo; Hancock County, Illinois; and Iowa—and then under a general subheading and a specific file title. This note gives a brief, descriptive listing of the documents available under those headings. 

The record titled Nauvoo Temple Ordinance Data contains, among other files, the "Nauvoo Index of Baptisms for the Dead", which lists those who participated in vicarious baptisms for their ancestors from 1840 to 1845. The Nauvoo Property Records give information regarding subdivision lots, tract lands, and streets; for example, "Nauvoo Blocks and Streets" lists residents by year and block. Modern street coordinates are given to clarify block locations. Documents filed within the Nauvoo Tax Records supply a record of delinquent taxes due in the Nauvoo Third Ward from 1843 to 1845. The Nauvoo Census Records contain files like the "Nauvoo LDS Census 1842", which lists church members who arrived in Nauvoo after 1841. Their residential location within the city's nine block radius and their placement in the first four Nauvoo wards are specified.