About the Collection


The Mormons and Their Neighbors database is an index to over 100,000 biographical sketches appearing in 236 published volumes. These sketches include persons living between 1820 and 1981 in northern Mexico, New Mexico, Arizona, southern California, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and southwestern Canada.

Biographical information on Mormons has been difficult to locate. Although, a few basic biographical reference works had been compiled, their coverage fell far short of meeting the needs of researches in locating biographical information on Mormons. To bridge that gap, the compiler Marvin E. Wiggins, with the support of the Harold B. Lee Library, began in 1970 to index Mormon biographies in published works in the Harold B. Lee Library. However, many of the titles are in libraries throughout the church. The objective was to find as many Mormon biographies as possible. Some people of other faiths were included; however, no attempt was made to verify the religious affiliation of each person.

This index includes information exactly as it appears in the original source. No attempt was made to verify conflicting dates or spellings. The laborious task of verification remains with the researcher. Since this work is not a name index, only published works containing actual biographical information were indexed. If no biographical information of a person appeared, the name was not included. Names of parents and/or children listed in biographical sketches were not indexed unless additional biographical information on them was provided.