Pioneer database is SUP subject

Dec 31 2010 - 12:56am

LAYTON -- On-line Pioneer Trail history will be the topic at the monthly meeting of the Sons of Utah Pioneers at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Davis County Library Central Branch Auditorium, 155 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton.

The program, to be presented by Mel Bashore, will be on the Pioneer Trail database.

When Bashore hired on with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' history department in 1975, he noticed a deficiency he set out to correct, said Stephen G. Handy, president of the Snow Horse Chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers.

Now, 30 years later, a national historic trails association has honored him for the database he launched in the pre-Internet age and has built up over the years into a convenient, on-line resource, Handy said.

Containing more than 50,000 emigrant names, the database provides full-text transcriptions of nearly 3,200 Mormon Trail narratives, diaries, recollections, correspondence and newspaper reports, Handy said.

The public is invited to attend the program.

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