Journal History of the ChurchIntroduction


    Welcome to the research guide for the Journal History of the Church. The Journal History is a daily history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1830 to 2008. It is like a scrapbook created from newspapers, minutes, diary entries, and other sources. It contains valuable historical and biographical information, such as when a pioneer arrived in Utah, when a new bishop was called, or when a ward or stake was organized. Entries are arranged by date, and page numbers start over each day.

    The Journal History can be difficult to navigate because of the various media formats and indexes used over its 178-year existence. This guide is designed to help you access and use the Journal History in your research.

    Access to the materials identified in this guide is subject to the Church History Library’s access policy, under which sources created in recent years may be currently closed or limited to research in order to respect the privacy of living persons. For more information about the library’s holdings or policies, we invite you to explore the online Church History Catalog, visit the library in Salt Lake City, or contact our staff by clicking the Ask Us button anywhere in our catalog or on our website.