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The 10 Million Names project will build a free database that encompasses the Transatlantic Slave Trade period.

The legacy of the pioneers is one of “seeking God’s will and following it,” said Sister Sandra Dalton, Illinois Historic Sites leader, during the exodus commemoration to honor when the pioneers began leaving historic Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1846.

This Church News video “Remember” features photos of the late President M. Russell Ballard at Nauvoo, Carthage and Kirtland recording experiences for RootsTech’s 2024 Family Discovery Day.

FamilySearch, Ancestry, and Library and Archives Canada have collaborated to make 234,678 pages of the 1931 Canada census more accessible.

Four well-preserved photos of Thomas Bullock, an early clerk and historian of the Church, and his family were recently donated to the Church History Library.

Latter-day Saints can discover more about the Book of Mormon by viewing historic images of the original manuscript on the Joseph Smith Papers website.

The Church has published online two more volumes of the journal of George F. Richards, which offer insights into his activities as an Apostle and family life.

Joseph Smith Jr. was born on Dec. 23, 1805. Here are five Church News articles and a video that share about his life, birthplace, places he spent Christmas and the Joseph Smith Papers project.

Elder Mark A. Bragg, a General Authority Seventy, dedicated a replica “Mormon Workers Cabin” at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park to honor the role of the Mormon Battalion in the 1848 discovery of gold.

The history of the St. George temple is the story of “common, everyday people who ... [gave] their all to the kingdom of God.”

Early saints celebrated the St. George Utah Temple, exclaiming ‘glory, hallelujah!’ Now the renovated temple will be rededicated by President Jeffrey R. Holland.

Hundreds of pages of 1840s tithing records, with images and searchable transcripts, are now available for free on the Joseph Smith Papers website.

Knowing its importance, did Brigham Young dedicate the St. George temple? The answer is complicated

Delia Rochon’s research led her to family she didn’t know she had. On Oct. 28, the cousins honored their shared ancestors with a new pioneer memorial.

“One of the greatest messages of Joseph’s life is his need and his desire to repent and be forgiven,” says Elder Kyle S. McKay, Church historian and recorder and a General Authority Seventy, in the Church News video “Daily Repentance.”

The following five couples have been called to serve by the First Presidency to lead the work at various Church historic sites. They will begin their service in February 2024.

Church News podcast features historians sharing what they have learned by studying Brigham Young’s letters, journals.

The new temple will be dedicated Oct. 8, 2023, but the Church’s history in McAllen goes back much further.

Visitors to the Utah Area’s Tabernacle Experience project, to conclude next week, included dignitaries from Ethiopia and Iraq.

When angel Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith — 200 years ago — it became “a family experience,” historians share in this Church News video “A Family of Faith.”

Local Church members met near the Smith family farm for a special devotional that included music, personal reflection and remarks about Moroni’s life.

Church History Department historians have continued investigating the damage to the Church leader’s watch to determine how it happened.

Editors, historians and scholars reflected on decades of painstaking research, writing, editing and publishing, at the Joseph Smith Papers Conference.

Since the angel Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith 200 years ago and shared about the Book of Mormon, the Restoration of the gospel has been ongoing, historians say in Church News video “Ongoing Restoration.”

Ellis Shipp became a doctor in 1878, then returned home to train hundreds of women as midwives and deliver thousands of babies.

On the 200th anniversary of Moroni’s appearance to Joseph Smith, read what the First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and three women leaders have said about the coming forth of the Book of Mormon.

The Church News podcast features Church Historian and Recorder, Elder Kyle S. McKay, and Keith A. Erekson of the Church History Department.

First Presidency announces “Joseph the Prophet,” Elder Holland health update, President Johnson visits Indiana, plus 7 more Church News stories from the week of Sept. 10-16.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is commemorating the 200th anniversary of Moroni’s first visit to Joseph Smith on Sept. 21, 1823.

Nearly 300 people attended the Joseph Smith Papers Conference to explore the question: “What have we learned from the Joseph Smith Papers project?”