Saints by Sea: BYU database collects stories of Latter-day Saint maritime immigration (Daily Herald)

Daily Herald: Saints by Sea: BYU database collects stories of Latter-day Saint maritime immigration. “[Fred] Woods, a professor of religious education at Brigham Young University in Provo, is the compiler for Saints by Sea, a database housed by the BYU Harold B. Lee Library that includes autobiographies, journals, images and letters of more than 1,000 members of The Church of Latter-day Saints who immigrated to the United States by sea.”

Lifestyle .INQ: Mormons turn over 4 centuries of digitized Philippine Catholic records to CBCP

Lifestyle .INQ: Mormons turn over 4 centuries of digitized Philippine Catholic records to CBCP. “In a low-key but historic event, the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints (Mormons), through its Family Search arm, recently turned over digitized Philippine Catholic Church records spanning four centuries to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).”

Salt Lake Tribune: A Utah historian is building a database of every black person who joined the Mormon church before 1930

Salt Lake Tribune: A Utah historian is building a database of every black person who joined the Mormon church before 1930. “Some Mormons know the stories of Elijah Able, the faith’s first black elder, or Jane Manning James, an early black pioneer, but few, if any, have heard of hundreds of other African-American Latter-day Saints — members such as Freda Lucretia Magee Beaulieu, Elijah Banks or Julia Miller Lamb. Their devotion and courage in the church’s founding and growth years have largely been lost to Mormonism’s collective memory, making them all but invisible in the mostly white church. That, however, is about to change.”

Coming soon to Mormon genealogical database: records of gay couples and same-sex parents (Salt Lake Tribune)

Salt Lake Tribune: Coming soon to Mormon genealogical database: records of gay couples and same-sex parents. “Three years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court made gay marriage legal in every state, but the LDS Church still hasn’t listed same-sex couples in its massive genealogy databank. Not surprising, perhaps, given the Utah-based faith’s opposition to same-sex marriage. But change is coming to the genealogy resource — and soon.”