Welcome! MormonPlaces is an interactive database (a gazetteer) of the geographic locations that are significant to the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its sister churches of Joseph Smith's Restoration movement. This will eventually include congregations, settlements, cemeteries, buildings, and even historical events.
MormonPlaces is an outgrowth of Mapping Mormonism: an Atlas of Latter-day Saint History, in which we collected information on thousands of places from various regions, eras, and topics. This project builds on that with the following goals:
- Help historians, family historians, and the general public easily access detailed information about places.
- Enable other web services to connect to relevant places. For example, to state that person X (in FamilySearch) was the bishop of ward Y (in MormonPlaces).
- Allow other scholars to add to and improve the data based on their own sources and research, much like a wiki.
- June 15, 2018: New data upload, including substantial
improvements in Switzerland, Germany, Samoa, Turkey, and South
- May 15, 2018: In the latest database build, we have 10,350 entities, including 7,241 congregations.
- May 26, 2018: A second research note, on the elusive Macedonia Iowa Branch, has been published.
- March 13, 2018: We are developing a new section called Research Notes to publish
short white papers on specific discoveries about historical places
(especially wards and branches).
- March 8, 2018: Thanks to some automating, starting today I should be able to update the website database weekly, so you are seeing our latest research. Our recent research and improvements are focused on the U.S. (outside Utah) in the 1910s, the Winter Quarters/Kanesville area, Hawaii, Britain, and Switzerland.
- March 1, 2018: A new rebuild of the online database. The new inventory is 7,192 congregations, 882 settlements, 76 cemeteries, 391 buildings, 610 boundary features, 1,047 source documents; total 10,202 entities described by 217,172 asserted facts. We have streamlined the rebuild process so hopefully we can update the database more often.