Searching for Provo Founders and Pioneers
The major resources for locating information on Provo pioneers and former residents at the Provo Library:
The Daily Herald and its predecessors and competitors are on microfilm at the Library.
Newspaper Databases and Websites for Local Newspapers:
Daily Enquirer in BYU's Digital Collections
The following newspapers can be accessed through Access Newspaper Archive ONLY within the Library.
The Utah County Obituary Index
Mormons and Their Neighbors
Indexes the following paper-copy resources in the Provo Library:
Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah (Salt Lake City: Utah Pioneers Book Publishing Co., 1913).
Heart Throbs of the West (SLC: DUP, 1939-1947) 12 vols.
Pioneer stories compiled by the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, Chronicles of Courage (SLC: DUP, 1990- ) 8 vols.
Our Pioneer Heritage / compiled by Kate B. Carter (Salt Lake City: Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, 1958-1977
Treasures of Pioneer History (SLC: DUP, 1957- ) 6 vols.
Mormons and their Neighbors does not index the following publications:
Conquerors of the West: Stalwart Mormon Pioneers (Salt Lake City: Sons of Utah Pioneers, 1999) 4 vols.
Information on 1,500 men who trekked to Utah prior to 1869. Each entry generally provides birth and death information, parents' names, the date of arrival in the Salt Lake Valley, marriage information, birth and death information on the spouse, a brief biographical sketch, and a list of the children with their birth, death, and marriage information. Many entries are accompanied by a photograph of the pioneer.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude ([Salt Lake City]: International Society Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, 1998) 4 vols.
Collection of biographical sketches of over 6,000 women who came and settled in Utah prior to 1869. Each entry includes birth, death, and marriage information as well as parentage, date of their arrival in Utah, their children, and a brief biographical sketch.
Utah History Suite (Provo, Utah: Historical Views, 2001) 1 CD-ROM.
Includes 68 volumes of the Utah Historical Quarterly, History Blazer, Beehive History, and all 29 centennial county histories.
In addition to the above listed books, the following web resources may be useful:
History Card Index
Mormon Pioneer Search
Current Provo Cemetery Index
Older Cemetery Records
The Chronological Burial Record of Provo City Cemetery (1849-1972)
Listed by burial date, the entries include the name of the deceased, their birth date and birth place, and the block and lot where there plot is located in the cemetery.
"Sexton's Record," 4 Jan 1849-10 Dec 1938
This handwritten, chronological record includes name, date of birth, place of birth, parents' names, where died, date of death, location of grave, physician (often blank), and remarks (mostly blank).
"Sexton's Record," 10 Dec 1938-28 Jun 1982
Handwritten, chronologically arranged record which includes the name, age at death, place of birth, physician (often blank), where died, date of death, location of grave, cause of death, and remarks (mostly blank)
"Cemetery Records," 1849-30 Dec 1995
Typewritten, chronologically arranged record which includes the burial date, name, birth date, birth place, block, and lot.
Utah Burials Database
There are a number of publications featuring the local history of Provo. Here is a brief list of the most useful. Most of these includes an index, but they are often not very thorough.
Cannon, Kenneth L. Provo & Orem: A Very Eligible Place: An Illustrated History (Northridge, Calif.: Windsor Publications, 1987)
Carter, D. Robert. Founding Fort Utah: Provo's Native Inhabitants, Early Explorers, and First Year Settlement ([Provo]: Provo City, 2003)
Carter, D. Robert. From Fort to Village: Provo, Utah, 1850-1854 (Provo: Provo City, 2008)
Carter, D. Robert. Tales from Utah Valley: Spellbinding and Sometimes Strange Selections from the Daily Herald's History Page ([Provo]: Daily Herald, 2005-2007) 2 vols.
Christensen, N. LaVerl. Provo's Two Tabernacles and the People Who Built Them (Provo: Provo Utah East Stake, 1983).
Foote, Merle S. Pleasant Views: A History of the Early Pleasant View Area of Northeast Provo, Utah (S.l.: S.n., [1974?])
Holzapfel, Richard Neitzel. A History of Utah County (Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society, 1999)
Jensen, J. Marinus. History of Provo, Utah (Provo: Published by the Author, 1924)
Memories That Live: A Centennial History of Utah County (Springville: Art City Publishing, 1947)
Miller, Marilyn M. and John C. Moffitt. Provo: A Story of People in Motion (Provo: Brigham Young University Press, 1974)
Moffitt, John C. The Story of Provo, Utah (Provo : John C. Moffitt, 1975)
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