What did Levi’s family do while he was gone?

One of my questions about Levi Savage’s family is what happened to his parents and siblings while he was serving during in the Mormon Battalion. I have found a record that shows his father and a brother crossing the plains in 1847 to Utah. I have a death date (not documented though) for his mother that shows her dying in Winter Quarters in the winter of 1846/7. I know that he had other siblings that eventually ended up in Utah, including his sister Hannah. I have not really known where to try to find out where they were because I was not sure where to locate the records. I just purchased two books that I hope will help lead me to the answers to the questions:

The first is Kip Sperry’s “A Guide to Mormon Family History Sources” published in 2007. It has chapters on indexes and finding aids, on emigration and migration, and original records. As I start working through this, I hope to find some answers to my questions.

The second is David Crockett’s “Saints in the Wilderness: A Day-By-Day Pioneer Experience, volume 2” published in 1997. This focuses on Winter Quarters and the Mormon Battalion. He gives a day by day account of what was going on in this time period, including sources for each day. Even though I may not find Polly’s death in this book (she doesn’t appear in the index), I hope that some of the sources may be useful.

Two other sources that I plan to use include the FamilySearch wiki & the Early Church Information File (available on microfilm at the FHL). I will hire someone to do a lookup on the Early Church Information File.

What are some of your favorite books and resources that you use in your genealogy research?


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