Mormon Pioneer Projects Request for Help

Started by Randy Stebbing on Friday, May 13, 2011


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11/3/2011 at 8:59 PM

There are now over 4,500 profiles part of the Mormon Pioneer projects.

Private User
11/3/2011 at 9:04 PM

Wowie, Randy, congratulations and thanks for all your hard work! Just think... only 65,500 more to go! ;-)

<private> Wilcox (McCoy)
11/3/2011 at 9:09 PM

wow that is a lot of profiles.

11/26/2011 at 2:15 PM

We hit the 5,000 profile mark on November 25, 2011. I just want to thank all those that have added their Mormon pioneer ancestors to the project. It is believed that this is one of the largest projects, in number of included profiles, on

If you have Mormon pioneer ancestors or run across profiles of people living in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, in the 1850's and 1860's that you suspect might be Mormon Pioneers please post a link here so that this project will continue to grow. I'll verify that they were a pioneer and if so add them to the project.

There were approximately 70,000 Mormon pioneers and we've positively identified 5,000 with profiles on Even as additional profiles will be continually added the focus for this project should now shift to adding source documentation to the profiles already included. A significant number of the pioneers died in Utah and there are death certificates available online for free here:

How you can help:

You can help by volunteering just 15 minutes of your time each day.

Find a pioneer's death certificate on family search. Do a save as and save the .jpg image to your computer. Use an image editing program to crop the death certificate and upload it to the profile of the pioneer. Upload it as a document and not an image. In the description of the document include the full web link of where the death certificate was downloaded from on Now go to the birth, death and burial dates of the person and compare them to the death certificate. If they don't match correct the info and add the attached certificate as a source for the corresponding event.

As an example you can view the death certificate of one Mormon Pioneer Catherine Spencer Young

If you view her "edit profile" page you'll see that several of her life events are tied to this death certificate for documentation.

Events that have source documentation have a sheet of paper icon in the far right side next to each event. Those that are lacking documentation have a sheet of paper icon with a question mark.

I'm asking for volunteers to add one death certificate each day for a Mormon Pioneer. Each death certificate added will take about 15 minutes of your time and your efforts will be greatly appreciated.

If your interested in helping reply here or post me a private message and I'll answer any questions you might have.

1/13/2012 at 1:39 PM

William H. Draper, Jr. is now a Master Profile.

2/3/2012 at 12:10 PM

Profile count is now just over 6,000 profiles as of Feb 1, 2012. Thanks to everyone that is helping out.

Also these Mormon Pioneer projects are featured on this weeks geni blogs. Here's part one of the interview:

7/24/2012 at 9:43 PM

Happy July 24th or "Pioneer Day" to everyone.

We have added or found 7,669 Mormon Pioneers on

Thanks everyone!

* Mormon-Pioneers-1846-ship-Brooklyn: 153
* Mormon-Pioneer-Overland-Trail-Brigham-Young-Pioneer-Company-1847: 148
* Mormon-Pioneers-1847: 716
* Mormon-Pioneers-1848: 1059
* Mormon-Pioneers-1849: 506
* Mormon-Pioneers-1850: 964
* Mormon-Pioneers-1851: 494
* Mormon-Pioneers-1852: 1093
* Mormon-Pioneers-1853: 347
* Mormon-Pioneers-1854: 154
* Mormon-Pioneers-1855: 237
* Mormon-Pioneers-1856: 317
* Mormon-Pioneers-1857: 115
* Mormon-Pioneers-1858: 51
* Mormon-Pioneers-1859: 139
* Mormon-Pioneers-1860: 172
* Mormon-Pioneers-1861: 226
* Mormon-Pioneers-1862: 184
* Mormon-Pioneers-1863: 157
* Mormon-Pioneers-1864: 162
* Mormon-Pioneers-1865: 34
* Mormon-Pioneers-1866: 134
* Mormon-Pioneers-1867: 13
* Mormon-Pioneers-1868: 94

==Grand Total: 7,669 ==

7/24/2012 at 9:53 PM


7/24/2012 at 9:59 PM

Amazing, Randy. This is a wonderful project and a great example of how Geni helps connect us across the generations. Happy Pioneer Day to you, and thanks for all your hard work.

7/25/2012 at 6:46 AM

Belated happy Pioneer Day to you, Randy! I'll always be grateful for your assistance in helping me learn about my own unexpected Mormon Pioneer ancestors. :)

9/14/2012 at 4:51 PM

Current combined project totals now exceed 8,000 profiles included in the various pioneer projects.

A new project was started yesterday focusing on the company commanders of each of the Mormon Pioneer companies. You can join the project here if your interested in being a collaborator.

4/11/2013 at 5:34 PM

Almost 2 years ago I mentioned that I was going through and doing a edited transcription of an out of print 1913 book called "Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah" and I optimistically hoped that I'd be done in "several weeks".

Well it took a little bit longer than that (1 year and 11 months) but its now essentially completed. There ended up being 6,500 main biographies with info on 57,000 children and about 38,000 marriages.

I'll be posting a web page address for public access as soon as I decide which flavor of a creative commons license will be appropriate to ensure that it stays in the public domain.

In the meantime I'd love some feedback including some constructive criticism before I let it go public. If you'd like to review the work and give your feedback please contact me here on geni.

Randy Stebbing

4/11/2013 at 5:44 PM

Oh my goodness, Randy. Your dedication never ceases to amaze me.

Private User, this would be a wonderful thing to highlight on the blog. Sounds like this is a "Geni original."

5/22/2013 at 7:38 AM

Because of the volunteer help of user Private User now has nearly 1,000 links that hook back up to profiles on Thanks for all of your hard work!

Additionally I've just added several hundred links to burial records on

I've added some new stats on the "stats" page also as seen here:

The other new addition is the inclusion of the original 1913 introduction to the book seen here:

If there are others who can volunteer some time to finish off the lookups for these Mormon pioneers mentioned in the book let me know and I'll show you how you can get involved!



6/15/2013 at 8:46 AM

I've just added links back to geni for all of the people with the last name of "D" . 88 of them have profiles on

We are also just a few hundred profiles away from hitting the 10,000th profile for the combined Mormon Pioneers project.

6/15/2013 at 9:27 AM

Randy, your project is a model for the rest of us. Congratulations.

I just ran into a Jewish convert to Mormonism last night accidentally, searching on Rosenbaum. One of the few apparently.

6/15/2013 at 9:48 AM

Hatte, you'll like this -- in the 1970s I worked with a woman in Salt Lake City whose Rosenbaum great grandfather converted from Judaism to Mormonism. She was fascinated by the story, and ended up converting back to Judaism.

6/15/2013 at 11:02 AM

I bet it's the same guy because he has a Wikipedia article. How many could there be?

7/24/2013 at 7:27 AM

Happy "Pioneer Day" to everyone. Current Mormon Pioneer project totals stand at 9,883 Mormon pioneers have been identified on geni. There is still a lot of of work to do on these projects. If you'd like to help please contact me.

A companion website is under development which documents 6,550 "Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah" and their 55,000 children. That website, which is still very much in development, already includes 1,400+ links back to geni, 240 links to death certificates, 250 links to gravestone photos. The main focus of this project is to update and add sources to this 100 year old history book. Again if you would like to volunteer some time to help with it please contact me.

A big thank you to all who have help with these projects.

--Randy Stebbing

2/6/2014 at 11:41 AM

That was a really long 3 weeks. But glad to hear you completed the profile book

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