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.
- July 24, 2018: Our tool for public editing of MormonPlaces
data is about ready for some limited testing. If you would like to
participate, please contact us.
- July 23, 2018: The latest data includes 7,465
congregations, with improvements focused on Britain, the Eastern
U.S., and the early Bear Lake Stake.
- June 15, 2018: New data including substantial improvements
in Switzerland, Germany, Samoa, Turkey, and South Africa.
- 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).