Thursday, May 1, 2014

John Hamilton Morgan Collection available at the Mountain West Digital Library MWDL

My search for information about my great grandfather John Hamilton Morgan began here five springtime’s ago. I visited the Salt Lake Cemetery and snapped pictures of the Morgan family markers and sent them to Amy at The Ancestor Files.

The more I learned about him the more I wanted to learn about him.

Descendants donated his journals, papers, and some pictures to the Marriott Library, Special Collections, University of Utah. I have frequented the collection during the last five years. Anxious to verify an item last week I attempted to pull up the list of their materials and learned that the John Morgan collection is now in a digital format. It is available on-line through the MWDL Mountain West Digital Library and anyone can visit it here.

The copy of this remembrance card I had made from the collection was so poor I could not read it. I was happy to see it revealed on the face page of the collection and I can now read what is written.

A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.

God in His wisdom has recalled,
The boon his love had given;
And thou the body moulders here,
The soul is safe in Heaven.


  1. It is hard to believe it has been 5 years since you started your research. It is so cool to learn about the MWDL.

  2. There is much to be discovered in John Morgan's collection at the MWDL that I've never looked at before. I hope family members will go sleuthing too.

  3. Five years? Amazing!! And this entire collection digitized? Even more amazing!! Thanks for letting us know! Historic day!! (When I have a minute and am not running between places I'll put up a post at AncestorFiles.) I'll send notes to other interested researchers to make sure they see your post, too.

  4. Very cool! Finding that records like these are a remote researcher's dream come true.

  5. Forty-seven pages of handwritten cards and letters! What a wonderful way to preserve this material and share it with so many interested people.

  6. Thank you Amy for your link, and for your comment Bruce.