Joseph Smith Papers

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!

If you have not seen already, I thought I would share. The Joseph Smith Papers Project posted the following on our Facebook page today:

Greetings from the Joseph Smith Papers Project in Salt Lake City:

We are writing to let you know that our most recent published volume includes significant information about your ancestor, Hyrum Smith. Hyrum was a member of the Council of Fifty in Nauvoo, Illinois. This council was formed by Joseph Smith in March 1844 and was continued by Brigham Young. You can see a brief biography here of your ancestor ( You’ll see there that Hyrum was admitted a member of the Council of Fifty on 11 March 1844.

More information about Hyrum and his involvement in the Council can be found in The Joseph Smith Papers, Administrative Records, Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844–January 1846 (…/administrative-records-c…). An overview about the Council of Fifty can be found here (…/council-of-fifty-minutes-joseph-s…). The complete minutes of the Council of Fifty will be made available for free on our project website,, about eighteen months from now.

We thought that as a descendant of a council member you’d be interested to know that the never-before-published minutes of the council are now available.

–Joseph Smith Papers Team

I think it would be really neat to promote this and share information learned from the project. Any thoughts are welcome!!!