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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 10:00 pm 

Joined: Tue Mar 13, 2007 10:46 pm
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Location: cambridge
Reviving this after seven years ! Perhaps read my 2008 post first.

I had hoped to write some sort of history of the early Mormons in Burnley (from 1838), but a request to the LDS church to have access to the Branch Minutes has not been successful.

[Elsewhere on the site there is I think mention of my publication on the Mormons in Middleton]

I do have copies of the early membership records for Burnley. if anyone thinks that their ancestors might have been members, I'll be pleased to do look-ups.

Incidentally, a principal source for early UK Mormon history is the monthly publication Millenial Star, from 1840. It can be accessed online, with searching facilities.

Rex


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 12:20 pm 

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This has been quite interesting to me, I'd rather wondered why, after solid Anglican ancestry and then a block of Methodists, I seemed to have found myself some 19th C. ancestors who adopted LDS and whooped off to Utah! - but mine were all from Southport area, and back of there. Interestingly, none of the ones who embraced LDS stayed in Britain - Was Utah supposed to be some "Promised Land"?


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 7:02 pm 

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It was indeed presented as a 'promised land', and for many emigrants that dream did come true to quite an extent.

It was LDS church policy until around 1880 that converts should aspire to emigrate. This always needs bearing in mind when considering numbers in the UK (or in Europe, etc).

The Mormons particularly recruited from the Primitive Methodists : most converts were working class, and Primitive Methodism by Victorian times had more appeal to that class than Wesleyism, I think.

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