A Life Devoted to the Lord
by Lyndie Jackson
In 1999, Renee Furgeson returned to BYU, determined to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree, when her love of history eventually developed into a love for family history. Renee felt drawn to Church historical events in various classes, which prompted her to write papers on pioneer voyages and immigration. Renee has dedicated hours upon hours to different projects designed to make Latter-day Saint history universally accessible, such as the Mormon Immigration Index and indexing the British R ...
FamilySearch Partnership Announcement
by Lyndie Jackson
On July 25th you may have received a notification from FamilySearch with the news that your ancestor is one of the 8,000 individuals included in Wilford Woodruff’s records. The Wilford Woodruff Papers Foundation is partnering with FamilySearch.org to allow users to mine information about their ancestors’ lives, including their baptisms, marriages, missions, and other important events recorded by Wilford Woodruff between 1828 and 1898. Wilford Woodruff served as the Church His ...
An Instrument in the Lord’s Hands
by Michael Pulsipher
As a young man living in Utah, I was used to people sharing facts about their ancestors who participated in early Church History events. In these discussions, I often related that my fifth great-grandfather, Zerah Pulsipher, baptized Wilford Woodruff. In fact, I shared this story so much that, in my mind, Zerah Pulsipher morphed into a special individual with the unique ability to be an instrument in the Lord’s hands for missionary work. In my own life, on the other hand, I felt tha ...
“The Movement of a Great Nation”: A Momentous Chapter in Our History
by Richard Bennett
The above title comes from Wilford Woodruff of the Council of the Twelve Apostles as he surveyed the sprawling, westward-bound encampments of the Latter-day Saints at Mt. Pisgah, Iowa Territory on June 30, 1846.
BYU students digitally transcribe the Wilford Woodruff Papers
by Payton Pingree
BYU students and faculty members are working to create an algorithm to digitally transcribe the Wilford Woodruff Papers.
These papers consist of hundreds of thousands of letters, journal entries and other documents all written by the fourth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
BYU economics professor Joe Price and director of the Record Linking Lab has done research which involves developing “tools that would automatically index historical records.”
“The Death of the Prophets”: Wilford Woodruff’s Account of the Martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith
by Brooke R. LeFevre
Joseph and Hyrum Smith were killed on June 27, 1844, but almost two weeks passed before Wilford Woodruff learned of the martyrdom. It took another week before he allowed himself to feel the loss.
Volunteer Spotlight: Lori Labrum
by Connor Olvera
“Doing this work helps me feel like I am able to contribute something,” Lori Labrum noted. Lori is a volunteer with the Wilford Woodruff Papers Foundation. She began volunteering when she saw an advertisement calling for people who could read old cursive, and because she taught cursive for more than 30 years as a school teacher, she knew she could make a difference. Lori’s work with the Foundation gives her purpose and strengthens her connection with God. Even with her teachi ...
By Their Fruits: Recognizing The Calling of Our Leaders According to Wilford Woodruff
by Christian Decker
The time had come, the moment had been prepared. Elijah surrounded himself with his friends and embarked on a final tour of Israel. From Beth-El to Jericho, from Jericho to Jordan, this small band of believers knew in their hearts that their dear prophet would soon depart (2 Kings 2:3).
Insights in the Papers: Connor Olvera
by Connor Olvera
When you are lost, do you ask for directions? When you are given directions, do you follow them? In 2 Samuel chapter 5, newly anointed King David heard that the Philistines were gathering in the valley. With inevitable conflict in the near future, David sought the advice of the Lord. The Lord promised to deliver the Philistines into the hands of David as long as he followed the direction he was given. The Lord's promise held true. After God gave David two sets of instructions, David followed bo ...
How BYU students are using technology to help transcribe Wilford Woodruff documents
by Trent Toone
A team of four Brigham Young University students is working on a unique project for the Wilford Woodruff Papers Foundation.
“We’re working on something that, to my knowledge, hasn’t been done before,” said Bryce Lunceford, one of the students.