Legacy Ancestor Lookup is now online!

This list has over 17,000 names of baptized members during Joseph Smith's lifetime gleaned from journals, church documents, and records. 
This list attempts to numerate their tribute to the Prophet Joseph Smith.

 

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A TRIBUTE TO THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH

 

In a time when most ministers felt lucky to attract a following of 100-200 members, historical records indicate that 45,000 to 50,000 people followed Joseph Smith and joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during his lifetime. How did this happen? Long before radio, television and the internet ministers and preachers had only their charisma and ability to gather and hold a crowd to build their ministries. Joseph Smith had more--his was an undertaking commissioned by God Himself! God, angels, and hundreds of good men and women helped Joseph do something in the 1800's that no minister of any faith could ever accomplish alone! This final dispensation was a glorious explosion of righteous converts who gathered to Zion and followed a young prophet in faith.

 

This database of 17,000 names was compiled to honor Joseph Smith. While not a complete listing of baptisms (we know there were many converts who joined the church in Europe and other countries who are not listed here, as well as many in America who's information has not been found), it is a significant first effort. It is hoped that the information here may be of  some value, and that it may inspire additional research.

Data Disclaimer:

 

The compiler has made every effort to include as much information as was locatable. When an exact date was not known, a best guess was made and the name included in the database, in hopes that others who access this information may be able to provide additional details. Furthermore, the data has undergone several enumerations in order to publish it on the web in a usable format. Although every attempt has been made to keep information intact, some data may have been lost.

THEREFORE--WE NEED YOUR HELP!  If you find errors, omissions, or know of additional information, please "Contact Us" so we can improve our records. Please include documentation for your reference information. Thank you!!

Year

 

1830

1831

1832

1833

1834

1835

1836

1837

1838

1839

1840

1841

1842

1843

1844

Membership

Totals

280

680

2,661

3,140

4,372

8,835

13,293

16,282

17,881

16,460

16,865

19,856

23,546

25,980

29,146

Converts

 

161

350

604

980

1,147

1,347

1,652

1,934

2,408

2,647

3,154

3,539

3,928

4,250

4,481

Some sources state that there were 45,000 - 50,000 members by Joseph Smith's death.