General Church HistoryKirtland and Missouri Era

Kirtland and Missouri Era

General Church History Research Guide

Online Resources:

Church History in the Fulness of Times Student Manual

This collegiate religious manual covers the history of the Church from the time of Joseph Smith to the modern church. Chapters 10–16 discuss topics from the Church in Ohio to the persecution and expulsion from Missouri. Each chapter contains photographs, maps, charts, and figures. The manual is available on LDS.org.

Elders’ Journal

The Elders’ Journal was a Latter-day Saint newspaper published between October 1837 and August 1838. It was printed in Kirtland, Ohio, and Far West, Missouri. The editors and contributors were prominent Church leaders of the time. The digitized version is provided by the Church History Library and hosted by the Internet Archive.

The Evening and the Morning Star

The Evening and the Morning Star was a Latter-day Saint newspaper published in Independence, Missouri, and Kirtland, Ohio, from 1832 to 1834. The editors and contributors were prominent Church leaders of the time. The digitized version is hosted online by Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library.

Far West and Nauvoo Elders’ Certificates, 1837–1838; 1840–1846

This resource is an index of elders’ (and some other priesthood offices) certificates issued by Church conferences that were recorded in Far West, Missouri, and Nauvoo, Illinois.

Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate

The Messenger and Advocate was a Latter-day Saint newspaper published in Kirtland, Ohio, in the 1830s. The editors and contributors were prominent Church leaders of the time. The digitized version is hosted online by Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library.

Minute Book 2

Commonly called the Far West Record, this book contains the minutes of meetings and conferences of priesthood leadership held in Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois from 1830 to 1839 (and two entries from 1844). The digitized document is available through the Joseph Smith Papers website.

Missouri Mormon War

This informational website focuses on the Missouri Mormon War, the conflict in Missouri in the late 1830s that stemmed from the Latter-day Saint presence in the state. This website is hosted by the Missouri State Archives with links to important archival documents.

Textual Resources (Available at the Library):

A Profile of Latter-day Saints of Kirtland, Ohio, and Members of Zion’s Camp, 1830–1839: Vital Statistics and Sources

This is a compilation of demographic information on individuals who lived in Kirtland or participated in Zion’s Camp (M273.2 P964 1982).

An Index to Early Caldwell County, Missouri, Land Records

This reference book provides information on individuals who purchased land in Caldwell County in the early to mid-19th century. It contains maps and diagrams (M277.78 J66I 2002).

Kirtland, Ohio: A Guide to Family History and Historical Sources

This book is a compilation of resources for researching the Kirtland era of Church history. It contains a chronology of important events, maps, photographs, and a bibliography of significant sources (M277.71 S751k 2005).

Old Mormon Kirtland and Missouri: Historic Photographs and Guide

The Old Mormon series comprises several books on pre-Utah periods of Church history. These books provide a discussion about general Church history during specific periods as well as a series of related historical photographs (M277.71 H762o 1991).