Monday, September 12, 2011

Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, Exhibitor at Family History Day

Please welcome the International Society of Daughters of Utah Pioneers (ISDUP or just DUP) as an exhibitor at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

The DUP is an association devoted to preserving the legacy of those pioneers who came to the State of Deseret before the railroad in May 1869.  More than 60,000 pioneers traveled in more than 300 companies to find their place in the west.  The objective of DUP is to perpetuate the names and achievements of those men, women and children by preserving old landmarks, marking historical places and collecting artifacts and histories.  Our headquarters is located at the Pioneer Memorial Museum, 300 North Main Street, Salt Lake City, Utah.  The website address is 

The State of Deseret covered much more than the present-day state of Utah and, in fact, covered much of southern California. Some of these Mormon pioneers first settled in California before relocating to Utah.  Locally, the Slough House Pioneer Cemetery is the burial spot for many of the Sacramento pioneers with tombstones dating from the 1850‘s.  It is owned by the ISDUP and maintained by the many companies and camps in the Sacramento area.  Members meet monthly in camps to learn more about and share pioneer histories and artifacts.  Camps and Companies are organized in geographical areas. 

Visit our exhibit at the Family History Day to see pictures and newspaper articles about the Slough House Cemetery and other local DUP historical markers.  We plan to have internet access available for visitors to search the indexes listed below.  (The actual photos and histories are not available for viewing online, only the indexes.)  We will also have a book display of other DUP publications that can be purchased online.
  • Photo index - The photo department houses, maintains and preserves a collection of over 25,000 images of pioneers, their homes, communities, organizations and artifacts.  Copies of photo prints or CD images can be ordered and purchased online.
  • History Card Index - The history department presently has over 100,000 pioneer histories on file of pioneers who came to the geographic area covered by the Utah Territory/ State of Deseret.  It also includes those who died crossing the plains and those born in the Utah Territory before May 10, 1869 and some locality histories.
  • Pioneer Pathways Index - Volumes 1 through 11 consolidated index - Each year DUP sponsors the publication of historical material which has been used as lesson material in the camps.  At the present time, there have been 5 multi-volume sets of books published.  Pioneer Pathways is the latest of them.
We look forward to meeting others interested in pioneer legacy at this great event.

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