Posted by on November 30, 2013 in Site, Societies

During a recent trip to Salt Lake City, I stopped by the International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers (ISDUP, DUP) and the Pioneer Memorial Museum.

The Daughters of Utah Pioneers was organized 11 April 1901 in Salt Lake City when Annie Taylor Hyde, a daughter of John Taylor (president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), invited a group of fifty-four women to her home seeking to “perpetuate the names and achievements of the men, women and children who were the pioneers in founding this commonwealth”. Utah pioneers are those who traveled to or through the geographic area covered by the State of Deseret/Utah Territory between July 1847 and 10 May 1869 (the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad).


The Pioneer Memorial Museum houses the world’s largest collection of artifacts on one subject, and includes items such as Brigham Young’s Wagon, historical manuscripts and even a blacksmith shop. It is a fascinating place to stroll through as you try to picture yourself back in 1847, one of 148 people to migrate West and settle in the valley of the Great Salt Lake. Makes me truly appreciate the planes, trains and automobiles of modern times.

Want to know if you are a descendant of Utah Pioneers? Here are a few collections to get you started:

If you find a pioneer ancestor, consider joining the ISDUP and make sure your ancestors are all represented in their history collection. The organization is open to any woman who is a direct-line descendant or legally adopted direct-line descendant with a pioneer ancestor, is over the age of eighteen, and of good character.




About Kristie Wells

Kristie is Ancestry's Head of Global Social Media and Online Support Community and is responsible for developing and managing the company's social media and social business offerings worldwide. She works with a team of community managers, genealogists and social content developers to help educate Ancestry's existing customers, inspire new family historians and expand awareness into new social audiences and communities. She has a deep love of family history and is currently trying to break through the brick wall of her Christophier line (that was supposedly French and Catalan, but it seems was really the Christopher's from Iowa) and to one day prove where the heck William Wells of Southhold, NY (b. 1608) was really born.


Rebecca clutts 

thats really cool

December 1, 2013 at 2:27 pm
Rebecca clutts 

I really like discovering history memories I’m in 6’th grade and we just finished with the cold war.

December 1, 2013 at 2:34 pm

If you find your way to the basement curator’s office at the DUP, you can have them search for any ancestral artifacts which are there in the museum (or in storage). The reading room also has access to written records and photographs.

December 2, 2013 at 7:08 am