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.

Mapping Mormoinism coverMormonPlaces 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 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.
Currently, we are in Phase II of the project, in which we are trying to document every ward and branch that existed in the LDS Church between 1830 and 1930. In our first year of research, we have documented over 5,000 of them!

You can view our current database using a map interface, or browse a text list of all of the places. In an earlier version, we had an editing feature that allowed anyone to make contributions, but this is not in the new system yet. You are still welcome to look at the old site, but we'd prefer that you not make a lot of edits, as the data are old versions, and we are still working out how to transfer the user contributions to the new database. Please remember, these sites are all experimental for the time being; we encourage you to try them out and give us your feedback, but don't expect them to be industrial strength yet.

2016 Brandon Plewe, Brigham Young University Geography