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Religious Records Research at the Archives & Library of the Ohio History Connection


Joseph Smith Jr. established the Mormon Church, also known as The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS), on April 6, 1830, in Seneca County, New York. In 1831, Smith and his followers moved to Kirtland, Ohio and began constructing a church by 1833. Thousands of Ohioans converted to Mormonism during this time. Many non-Mormons opposed their practice of owning land communally and rumors of polygamy. Facing hostitlity, Smith and many of his followers moved westward in 1838.

Below are lists of select archival and library materials related to the Mormon Church, available for research at the Ohio History Connection Archives & Library. Review the catalog links below, or explore our Online Collections Catalog using a specific church name or related search terms for more information [example search terms: "Mormons", "Mormon Church", "Mormonism", "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints"].


Elders' journal of the Church of Latter Day Saints [FLM 148]

Evening and morning star. [289.305 Ev23 1835-1836 r1990]

Northern times [PA Box 707 4]

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