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New collaboration helps track pioneer ancestors’ experiences

Published: Sunday, July 27 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT

Updated: Monday, July 28 2014 6:12 a.m. MDT

A new website has been launched as a collaboration between FamilySearch and the Overland Travel website to help researchers find and identify pioneer ancestors.

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SALT LAKE CITY — A new website has been launched as a collaboration between FamilySearch and the Overland Travel website to help researchers find and identify pioneer ancestors.

The new site is accessible at familysearch.org/campaign/pioneers. By signing in with a FamilySearch.org login, the site automatically cross-references the information in the user’s FamilySearch account with the Overland Travel database to pull up any ancestors or other relatives in the pioneer companies. From there, it suggests primary sources and other references to learn more about their experiences on the trail, according to a news release from FamilySearch.

Overland Travel is an extensive database of early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who crossed the plains and includes extensive information collected from rosters, journals, letters and other primary sources. This program allows people to search not only for an ancestor and identify what wagon or handcart company they traveled with but also journal entries and other records where they may be mentioned, according to a news release.

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