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 our research in producing Mapping Mormonism: an Atlas of Latter-day Saint History, in which we collected information on thousands of places from various regions, eras, and topics. However, these initial datasets were only portrayed in a general way in the maps in the atlas, and we found the available information about them to be incomplete.
Thus, this project aims to build on our initial research by creating a website with the following goals:
- Researchers (including historians, family historians, and the general public) can easily access detailed information about places.
- Other web services (such as family history sites) can access and 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.
You can view our current database using a map interface, or browse a text list of all of the places. The earlier version had an editing feature that allowed anyone to make contributions, but this is not in the new system yet. Please remember, this site is experimental for the time being, as most of our research focus is on the data, not the interface; we encourage you to try them out and give us your feedback, but don't expect them to be industrial strength or beautiful yet.
- October 27: Minor interface fixes: search works again, better layer control, and now you can choose to not show places from restoration churches other than LDS (Utah).
- August 8, 2017: We've finally rebuilt the online database to reflect the past several months of intensive research. Current inventory: 6,832 congregations, 883 settlements, 389 buildings, 76 cemeteries, 603 boundary features, 1,007 source artifacts, and 4 events; total 9,794 entities described by 200,318 asserted facts.
- April 24, 2017: We've added a new map, the Historic Meetinghouses Explorer, which is mobile-friendly and great for touring!