Few places carry the historic and religious significance that permeates the city of Nauvoo, Illinois. Because the Mormon Pioneer Trail began in Nauvoo, many pioneer descendants can recall stories of their ancestors bravely leaving the city in the Winter of 1846.
But Nauvoo has even more to offer than pioneer heritage. The city is a bustling beacon with a history of hard-working and tenacious citizens—including those that live in the city today. Nauvoo is also considered a spiritual place by many.
Visiting the Webb Blacksmith Shop, playing at Pioneer Pastimes, or walking down Parley Street are all memorable experiences you can have when you visit Nauvoo. Your trip can become even more personal, however, by researching your own ancestors who lived in the city. When you visit thinking of your relatives’ lives, trials, and even their spiritual experiences, you can have a unique and strengthening experience for yourself.
Resources to find your Nauvoo ancestors.
A little-known resource in Nauvoo is the Land and Records Office. Located on Partridge Street, the Land and Records Office contains information on Nauvoo citizens between 1839 and 1846. Among its collections are property ownership records, marriage records, burial records, census records, occupations, biographies, and much more. Most of these records are being digitized and added to digital record collections.*
FamilySearch has a handy tool for learning about your ancestors who have been identified as Nauvoo citizens in the FamilySearch Family Tree—be sure to sign in before using this tool so FamilySearch can give you accurate results . . .
*Digital Resources and Databases for Nauvoo Genealogy Research