FamilySearch: 2017 Worldwide Indexing Project

Look what FamilySearch has planned for 20-22 October 2017 – the annual Worldwide Indexing Event.

Here’s the link to register –

You may use either the web or desktop indexing interface. The web version allow those who have Chromebooks to participate.

Congrats to the Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society for leading the way. They’re planning a training session of 16 Oct 2017 in the computer lab at the Agwam Senior Center, 954 Main Street, Agawam, Massachusetts.

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One way to “pay it forward” is to index records so others can more readily find documents mentioning their ancestors.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     🙂
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Pioneer Heritage

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IMAGE: Encouraging “Our Heritage – Our Responsibility” signage welcomes visitors to the DUP Pioneer Memorial Museum, Salt Lake City, Utah, image from the author’s private collection (2016.)

Ol’ Myrt here is thinking of her early LDS Church members today, 24 July 2017, as Utah commemorates 170 years since the first company arrived in the valley of the Great Salt Lake. The first lineage society I joined was the Daughters of Utah Pioneers to honor these stalwart pioneers.

  • William Warner PLAYER  and Zillah SAUNDERS
  • Charles Warner PLAYER and Betsy OADES
  • Thomas WASDEN and Mary COUCOM
  • William Brockerman WRIGHT and Emma Smith YEARSLEY
  • Abraham Reister WRIGHT and Mary Ann BROCKERMAN
  • David Dutton YEARSLEY and Mary Ann HOOPES

The following article was originally published in the Crossroads magazine, published by the Utah Genealogical Society.

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IMAGE: The DUP’s Pioneer Memorial Museum, main entrance, 300 North Main, Salt Lake City, Utah, from the author’s private collection (2016).

The International Society of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers (ISDUP, DUP)
submitted by Pat Richley-Erickson, member since 1993

Honoring one’s ancestors who arrived in the Utah Territory prior to 10 May 1869 isn’t limited to LDS Church members. Women finding documented evidence of progenitors living there before the striking of “the Golden Spike”(1) trace, may join the International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers. And pioneers these early settlers were, for the barren, high desert plains amid the Oquirrh and Wasatch mountains and the red rock canyons were anything but hospitable.

“ISDUP was organized solely for historical, educational, and public purposes and is completely non-political and non-sectarian. We are dedicated to honoring the names and achievements of the men, women, and children who founded Utah.” (2)


Figure 2- Mary (Coucom) Wasden’s Shawl, donated by Jessie Grace Brown to the DUP Pioneer Memorial Museum, Salt Lake City, Utah, image from the author’s private collection (2016.)

This shawl was brought from England by my paternal 2nd great-grandmother and Utah Pioneer Mary Lucinda COUCOM born 25 April 1816 in Thrybergh, Yorkshire, England. She married Thomas WASDEN 6 Dec 1841, Rotherham, Yorkshire, England. The couple’s first 9 children were born in England, with the last three demonstrating the family’s migration. Daughter Mary was born in Cincinnati, Ohio; son Thomas was born on the plains near Florence, Nebraska; and the youngest, my great-grandmother Eliza, was born in Gunnison, Utah.  How their mother Mary kept the shawl clean I’ll never know, as it is certainly a colorful treasure.


With a family history of ancestors born in Utah, it was logical for me to continue research at the DUP’s History Department, housed in the DUP Pioneer Memorial Museum located at 300 N Main Street in Salt Lake City, Utah. While I had previously compiled church, military, probate and public vital records, what I gleaned at the DUP was anecdotal information from pioneer diaries and biographies in transcript and photocopy format. By touring the museum, I could picture my ancestors using primitive implements such as wood stoves, washtubs and rope strung beds.

Internet access to DUP’s Pioneer Index – History Cards is available at:
Finding a likely match to your paper trail research means there is a manuscript file on the ancestor(s) in the Historical Department. The website includes a mail-in request form, also used by walk-in researchers to obtain copies of specific manuscript files. There is a similar searchable database and request form for accessing the DUP photo collection. Note: Of the 15 photos I requested 7 were of pioneers with the balance being their descendants.


IMAGE: DUP Pioneer Index – Search Results WASDEN ( : accessed 15 Sept 2016.)

The DUP is organized into companies and camps, using terms Mormon pioneers used when crossing the plains from Nauvoo, Illinois to Utah. Currently DUP members attend camps in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming and Canada. Find the group nearest you to submit your lineage application created and printed from the DUP website.

When I joined in 1993, the DUP had no website. I was living in Utah so I asked my neighbors about joining. My application was reviewed by two witnesses then forwarded to the local William Preston (Cache South) Camp Captain and Camp Registrar before being forwarded to the County President and County Registrar. Together with their signatures, my application and membership fee were forwarded to Salt Lake for review by the DUP National Registrar. Once approved, my application was signed by the National President and the National Secretary who entered my name as a Utah pioneer descendant.

What surprised me is that unlike the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), my application was amended to include a few other pioneers in my lineage who are honored by the DUP. In the DAR, additional ancestors may be honored by submitting “supplemental” lineage applications, once the member’s initial DAR application has been approved. So while I initially joined the DUP to honor those on my PLAYER line, the DUP added pioneer WRIGHT ancestors as seen in handwritten entries in my application (below).


IMAGE: The author’s redacted Application for Membership, National Society of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1993, page 3. NOTE the previous name of the International Society of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers.


The educational aspect of DUP comes into play through a network of museums, roadside historical markers and monthly meetings held at a camp member’s home or local library. Meetings begin with a traditional song such as “Come, Come Ye Saints” popular around the campfire as our pioneer fore-fathers and mothers traversed the plains. A pioneer spotlight is given, and members may share an heirloom related to the focus topic for the month. Cookies and punch are typically served as members mingle with prospective members sharing stories of our ancestors.

Later, living elsewhere, I became a “member at large” owing to no local DUP camp. I continued to receive the monthly 50-page DUP lesson. In May 2013 that included information gleaned from pioneer histories about the pioneer kitchen, a poem “Salt Risin’ Bread” in Grandma’s day, a picture and description of Emily Jane Smith Woodruff’s wooden cupboard, a “Mormon Couch” with pink quilt, William Bernard Dougall’s kitchen table and chairs, information about Lucretia Davis Gay’s ladder-back chairs and rocker among other entries. Biographic spotlights included Charles and Ann (Malin) Sharp, Hannah Corilla Free Wells, Mary Ann Cannell Hadley, Henry Pearson, Samuel Bringhurst, Sr, Erastus Willard and Lucinda (Gates) Bingham, Phoebe Eleanor Richards Maiben, Thomas John James, William Calder, Isaiah Moses and Fanny (McLean) Coombs, and Judith Woodbury Temple Haven. So in addition to photos and descriptions of pie safes, butter churns, and wash boards, the DUP honors specific individuals for their strength and fortitude through these monthly lesson plans sent to all members.


DUP Directory

IMAGE: International Society, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Museum Directory, 2014.

The definition of a DUP museum is when company/companies or camp/camps owns/own a museum building, log cabin and/or artifact collection which may be displayed and exhibited in a library, city or county building, or another museum.” (3)


IMAGE: George D. Pyper’s Eastlake secretary desk, donated by Oscar Kirkham to the DUP Pioneer Memorial Museum, image from the author’s private collection (2016.)


Carter, Kate B., Heart Throbs of the West, Salt Lake City: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1939.

Carter, Kate B., Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Salt Lake City: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1958.

Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Pioneer Memorial Museum: A Collection of Pioneer Memorabilia and Excerpts from Pioneer Journals, Salt Lake City, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1983.

Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Pioneer Health Care, Salt Lake City: The Daughters, 1992.

Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Salt Lake City, Publishers Press 1998.

Lesson Committee, An Enduring Legacy Vol 1-12, Salt Lake City: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1978-1990, out of print. Available in digital format at the Family History Library, see

Lesson Committee, Chronicles of Courage, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Salt Lake City: 1990-.

Lesson Committee, Pioneer Pathways, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Salt Lake City: 1998-.


  • Family History Library, 35 North West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • FamilySearch Wiki, Utah, United States Genealogy,,_United_States_Genealogy : accessed 15 Sept 2016.)
  • FamilySearch Wiki, Tracing LDS Ancestors, ( : accessed 15 Sept 2016.)
  • Willard Marriott Library, Utah Digital Newspapers, University of Utah ( : accessed 15 Sept 2016.) Although these publications currently include publications dated 1947-1969, references are made to pioneer ancestors.
  • Research Center for Utah State Archives and Utah State History, 300 S Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Sons of Utah Pioneers,
  • US District Courts [Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo and Beaver), Utah Territorial Case Files, ( : accessed 15 Sept 2016.)
  • “Utah, Obituaries from Utah Newspapers, 1850-2005,” Database, FamilySearch, ( : accessed 15 Sept 2016.) From the newspaper collection at the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City.
  • “Utah, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, 1847-1868,” database with images, FamilySearch. ( : accessed 15 Sept 2016.) Excerpted from Esshom, Frank. Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah: Comprising Photographs, Genealogies, Biographies. Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah Pioneers Books, 1913.
  • “Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949,” Management and Archives, Salt Lake City, Database with images. FamilySearch. ( : accessed 15 Sept 2016)
  • Utah State Library, 250 North, 1950 West, Suite A, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • “Utah, Territorial Militia Records, 1849-1877.” Database with images. FamilySearch. ( : accessed 15 Sept 2016.) Citing series 2210, Utah State Archives, Salt Lake City.


Individuals and historians may view resources freely at the DUP website and research in person at the DUP Pioneer Memorial Library and the DUP Historical Department.

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These ancestors demonstrated faith and fortitude under the most trying circumstances having been chased from Ohio to Missouri, then expelled under Gov. Boggs’ Missouri Executive Order 44, also known as the Extermination Order issued October 27, 1838. My ancestors and their compatriots built a delightful place out of the Mississippi swamp land at Nauvoo, Illinois only to be forced out once again after Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were killed by a mob at Carthage.

Perhaps their example will serve as a guide to me and my descendants that things of value may not come easily, but they are worth the effort.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     🙂
Your friend in genealogy.

(1) See also: Golden Spike National Historic Site (Promontory, Utah) ( : accessed 15 Sept 2016.)

(2)  International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers, “Welcome to the official site of ISDUP” ( : accessed 15 Sept 2016.)

(3) International Society, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Museum Directory, 2014, p1.