Periodicals, Newsletters, and Newspapers

Kip Sperry, Kirtland, Ohio: A Guide to Family History and Historical Sources (Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2005) 163–72.

Kirtland Temple, early 1900s. Kirtland Temple Cemetery shown on right of temple. Courtesy of L. Tom Perry Special Collections,
Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
Kirtland Temple, Kirtland, Ohio. Date unknown. Courtesy of Community
of Christ Archives, Independence, Missouri.

Periodicals, Newsletters, and Newspapers [1]

BYU Studies. Brigham Young University, 403 CB, P.O. Box 24098, Provo, U T 84602–4098. http://byustudies.byu.edu.

Chardon Spectator and Geauga Gazette. Chardon, Ohio. 27 July 1833–27 November 1835.

Chardon Times. Chardon, Ohio. 24 August 1872–16 August 1873.

Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Spring 1966 to present. Dialogue Foundation, P.O. Box 58423, Salt Lake City, UT 84158–0423. www.dialoguejournal.com.

Elders’Journal of the Church of Latter Day Saints. Ed. Joseph Smith Jr. Kirtland, Ohio (October–November 1837), and Far West, Missouri (July–August 1838). [2]

Supersedes Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate. Included as part of Ancestry’s LDS FamilyHistory Suite 2 (Ancestry, 1998), CD-ROM.

See Brigham Young University Library, comp., Index to Elders’ Journal, Vol. 1, 1837–1838 (Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Library, 1960). Microfilm, FHL. Indexed in the Early Church Information File.

Ensign of Liberty. Ed. William E. McLellin. Kirtland, Ohio, 1847–49.

The Evening and the Morning Star. Ed. William W. [Wines] Phelps and Oliver Cowdery. June 1832–September 1834.

This was the first Mormon newspaper, published at Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, W. W. [William Wines] Phelps, June 1832–July 1833, and then at Kirtland, Ohio, December 1833–September 1834, with Oliver Cowdery as editor. It was a monthly newspaper and was discontinued September 1834. Issues from June 1832–April 1833 were reprinted and published by F. G. Williams, Kirtland, Ohio, in January 1835. Issues from May 1833–September 1834 were reprinted and published by Oliver Cowdery in June 1836. Reprint issues carry a shortened title, Evening and Morning Star. Reprint 2 vols, in 1. Basel, Switzerland: Eugene Wagner, 1969. Microfilm, Modern Microfilm, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Continued by Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate. [3] Index to Evening and Morning Star, Volumes 1–2, Kirtland, Ohio, 1832–1834. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Library, I960. Microfdm, FHL.

Personal name, subject, and locality index to the Evening and Morning Star. Included as part of Ancestry’s LDS FamilyHistory Suite 2 (Ancestry, 1998), CD-ROM.

Geauga County Record. Chardon, Ohio. 23 December 1886–30 December 1921.

Geauga Democrat. Chardon, Ohio. 22 December 1849–27 December 1871.

Geauga Gazette. Painesville, Ohio, 19 August 1828–15 December 1832.

Geauga Record. Chardon, Ohio. 3 January 1872–12 July 1962. Title varied, Geauga Republican.

Geauga Republic. Chardon, Ohio. November 1842–17 January 1854. Title varied, Geauga Republican and Whig.

Geauga Times Leader. Chardon, Ohio. 3 December 1942–.

GeauganSpeak. Oral history project of Kent State University, Geauga Campus. Published 1975–December 1989. Discontinued.

Herald. Community of Christ, Independence, Missouri, April 2001 to present (formerly Saints’ Herald, title varied). vvww.forefrontministries.org/herald/everyhome.asp. This is the official publication of the Community of Christ.

John Whitmer Historical Association Journal. John Whitmer Historical Association, Heritage Plaza, 1034 West Lexington Avenue, Independence, MO 64050–3559. www.jwha.info/publications/default.asp.

John Whitmer Historical Association Newsletter. John Whitmer Historical Association, Heritage Plaza, 1034 West Lexington Avenue, Independence, MO 64050–3559.

www. jwha.info/newsletter/default.asp.

Journal of Discourses. 26 vols. Liverpool and London, England, 1854–86. Reprint. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1974. Microfilm, FHL.

Journal of History. Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Lamoni, Iowa. 1908–25.

Journal of Mormon History. Mormon History Association, 581 South 630 East, Orem, UT 84097. www.mhahome.org and www.signaturebooks.com/jmh.htm.

Kirtland Advertiser (“Official Paper of the City”). 1844. Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio.

Kirtland Enterprise. P.O. Box 805, Willoughby, OH 44094.

Kirtland Gazette. 38708 Pelton Road, Willoughby, OH 44094. www.kirtlandgazette.com.

Kirtland Roots. Kirtland Branch Genealogical Library and Finding the Posterity Committee, Kirtland, Ohio. Newsletter.

Kirtland Visitor. Kirtland, Ohio, 1935.

Lake County Gazette. Gazette Newspapers, P.O. Box 166, Jefferson, OH 44047.

Lake County Herald. (Semiweekly) 2 January 1920–30 May 1921.

Lake County Historical Society Bulletin. Lake County Historical Society, 8610 Mentor Road, Kirtland Hills, OH 44060.

The Lake County Historical Society Quarterly. Lake County Historical Society, vol. 1 (Fall 1959)–vol. 17 (November 1975). Title varies, Lake County Historical Quarterly, The Historical Society Quarterly. Reprint. Bicentennial Edition: Lake County History (Mentor, Ohio: Lake County Historical Society, 1976).

Local history articles of Lake County, Ohio, including several articles relating to Kirtland, Mormons, and the Kirtland Temple.

Lake County History News & Review. Lake County Historical Society, 8610 Mentor Road, Kirtland Hills, OH 44060. This is the current title of the newsletter published by the Lake County Historical Society, Kirtland Hills, Ohio. Two articles regarding Kirtland are published in the October 2003 issue. Formerly titled Lake County History Review.

Lake County News-Herald. See News-Herald.

Lake County Republican Herald. Willoughby, Ohio. 20 September 1927–February 1933.

Lake County Tribune. Gazette Newspapers, 2899 Hubbard Road, Madison, OH 44057.

Lake County Weekly Herald. 26 January 1900–19 December 1919.

Lake Lines. Newsletter of the Lake County Genealogical Society, Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, 184 Phelps Street, Painesville, OH 44077–3927.

Title varies—Newsletter (Lake County Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society).

Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star. 5 vols. Salt Lake City: Modern Microfilm, 1965.

Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate. Ed. Oliver Cowdery, et al. Kirtland, Ohio, October 1834–September 1837. Monthly newspaper. 3 vols. Kirtland, Ohio: F. G. Williams, 1834–37. Salt Lake City: Modern Microfilm, 1980. [4]

A monthly periodical with several editors, supersedes The Evening and the Morning Star. Superseded by Elders’ Journal. Includes a history of the LDS Church. This title is essential for a study of early LDS Church history during the Ohio period. Included as part of Ancestry’s LDS FamilyHistory Suite 2 (Ancestry, 1998), CD-ROM. Index (see Brigham Young University Library).

Legacy: Newsletter of the Kirtland Branch Genealogical Library, Kirtland, Ohio. Discontinued. Titled varied, Finding the Posterity.

Mormon Historical Studies. Mormon Historic Sites Foundation, Wells Fargo Center, 299 South Main, Suite 1700, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.

www.meridianmagazine.com/articles/030528preserve.html.

News-Herald, 7085 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby, OH 44094. 3 March 1933 to present, www.news-herald.com.

Northern Ohio Journal, Painesville, Ohio. 15 July 1871–1896. Title varied, Painesville Journal.

Northern Times. Kirtland, Ohio: [F. G. Williams], February 1835–36. A weekly political newspaper published by the Mormons in Kirtland, Ohio. Included local and national news and editorials.

Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly [formerly The Report]. Ohio Genealogical Society, 713 South Main Street, Mansfield, OH 44907–1644. www.ogs.org.

Olive Branch. Ed. Austin Cowles, published by Hazen Aldrich, Kirtland, Ohio, August 1848–July 1849. Later published in Illinois, then returned to Kirtland, Ohio, 1850–52. Also titled Olive Branch, or, Herald of Peace and Truth to All Saints.

Painesville Democrat. 30 July 1883–1894.

Painesville Journal. See Northern Ohio Journal.

Painesville Republican. Painesville, Ohio. 17 November 1836–1841.

Painesville Telegraph. Painesville, Ohio. 16 July 1822–30 April 1986 (title varies).

Established by Eber D. Howe as one of the first newspapers in the Western Reserve. It covered news for all o f Geauga County and later Lake County. See especially articles concerning Mormons in Kirtland (although many early articles were not favorable toward the LDS Church or its leaders). Painesville Telegraph newspaper and newspaper clippings available at the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio. Nineteenth-century issues on microfilm, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; FHL; and other libraries.

See index compiled by Judy J. Stebbins, Guide to the Painesville (Ohio) Telegraph, 1822–1829: Newspaper Abstracts with Indexes (Willoughby, Ohio: Genealogical Research, 1982). See also the Obituary File at the Morley Library, Painesville, Ohio (microfilm, FHL) and Index to the Painesville Telegraph, 1822–1875, online at http://grins.freeservers.com.

Some early issues online—see Readings in Early Mormon History: Painesville Telegraph. vvww.lavazone2.com/dbroadhu/OH/painetel.htm. A selected list of Mormon articles published in the Painesville Telegraph include the following: “Mormonism,” 13 March 1832, 3; “About Kirtland,” 20 January 1859, 3; “Reorganization of the Mormons at Kirtland,” 14 June 1860, 3; “Kirtland Affairs,” 30 August 1860, 3; 22 November 1860, 3; and “Reunion in Kirtland,” 17 September 1874, 3.

Raconteur. Newsletter of the Geauga County Genealogical Society, Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, c/o Chardon Public Library, 110 East Park Street, Chardon, OH 44024.

Restoration Studies: A Collection of Essays about the History, Belief, and Practices of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Temple School, Herald Publishing House, Independence, Missouri, 1980–.

Saints’ Herald. Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Piano, Illinois, 1 January 1877–November 1881; Lamoni, Iowa, November 1881–24 May 1921; Independence, Missouri, May 1921–January 1954. Saints’ Herald, 1954–June 1972; Saints Herald, June 1972–April 2001; Herald (Community of Christ, April 2001 to present). Early issues on microfilm. Supplement to The Saints’ Herald (Lamoni, Iowa: Saints’ Herald, 1895). Replaces The True Latter Day Saints’ Herald. See also, The Saints’ Herald Reader (Independence, Mo.: Herald Publishing House, 1955).

A card index to the Herald (formerly The Saints’ Herald), and other Community of Christ (formerly RLDS) periodicals, is available at the Community of Christ Library, Independence, Missouri. Reference assistance is available.

Times and Seasons. Ed. Ebenezer Robinson et al. 6 vols. Commerce, Illinois, and Nauvoo, Illinois, November 1839–February 1846.

While not published in Kirtland, Ohio, this publication contains early LDS Church history; edited by several different individuals. Included as part of Ancestry’s LDS FamilyHistory Suite 2 (Ancestry, 1998), CD-ROM. Microfilm, FHL. Indexed in the Early Church Information File.

True Latter Day Saints’ Herald. Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Cincinnati, Ohio, January 1860–1863; Cincinnati: L. Americus Warden, 1860; Piano, Illinois, April 1863–1877. Reprint. Janeville, Wise: David Martin, 1971. Microfilm. Supplement to The True Latter Day Saints’ Herald (North English, Iowa: David C . Martin, ca. 1970). Continued by the Saints’ Herald and later Herald.

Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine. Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. 31 vols., 1910–40. Microfilm, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; FHL. Microfiche, Lost Cause Press. Indexed in the Early Church Information File.

Willoughby Gazette. Willoughby, Ohio. 1 October 1868–.

Willoughby Independent. Willoughby, Ohio. 18 April 1879–27 May 1920.

Willoughby Republican. Willoughby, Ohio. 5 January 1917–29 April 1927.

Notes

[1] Lake County Newspapers and Obituaries, Lake County OHGenWeb (www.rootsweb.com/-ohlake/newspaper) and Lake County, Ohio, News and Newspaper Home Sites (www.lakecounty ohio.org/websites/news.htm). See also Ohio Historical Society, Guide to Ohio Newspapers, 1793–1973: Union Bibliography of Ohio Newspapers Available in Ohio Libraries, 2nd ed., ed. Stephen Gutgesell (Columbus: Ohio Historical Society, 1976); 2002 Working Press of the Nation, Volume 1, Newspaper Directory, 52nd ed. (New Providence, N.J.: R. R. Bowker, 2001); and Ohio Historical Society, Ohio Newspaper Index, www.ohiohistory.org/resource / database/news.html.

[2] For a historical discussion of The Evening and the Morning Star, Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate, Elders’ Journal of the Church of Latter Day Saints, and Times and Seasons, see Wayne Ham, ed., Publish Glad Tidings: Readings in Early Latter Day Saint Sources (Independence, Mo.: Herald Publishing House, 1970).

[3] Peter Crawley, “A Bibliography of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New York, Ohio, and Missouri,” BYU Studies 12 (Summer 1972): 465–537.

[4] Crawley, “A Bibliography of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New York, Ohio, and Missouri,” 465–537.