Having finished the life history of my 4th Great Grandmother, Eleanor Jenkins Vaughan, with all the evidence we have found so far and having a nearly complete outline of her biography, it was time to propose corrections to the wonderful Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel database for her entry. That database has already helped provide some amazing information as we fleshed out Grandma Elinor's story.
The process was quick and simple. I wish I had saved a screen shot of what I submitted, but the page on the LDS Church History website leads one through the process. It asks for documentation so I gave citations to the ordinances performed for her in 1856 and 1857 from Special Collections in the Family History Library. I also referenced the 1860 Census for Jacks Valley, Carson, Utah (soon to be Nevada) and I attached the page from John Needham's journal obtained from the CHL to evidence her baptism. What the keepers of the Overland Travel want are basic life and death data points. And I am quite pleased with the way it came out.
Here is the summary message of what I sent in from their e-mail acknowledgement:
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And here is the e-mail response that they had made the correction - right over Conference Weekend!
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And here is how Eleanor's page now reads. Well, it's better if I just link you there. It's beautiful!
The narrative at top is a wonderful summary of the information that I provided linking up the essential evidence. The only new citation added is to the 1860 federal census. The information in Special Collections is the clincher which I wonder if they checked. But you can find those cites in Elinor's history.
As a postscript, I wanted to connect with Grandma Elinor somehow today. At lunch, I walked over to breeze through the newly remodeled Church History Museum to see if the model of the good ship the Enoch Train on which Elinor voyaged to America is still on display. Sadly, no. A docent told me that it remains warehoused hopefully to rise again for proper public display. At least I have my pics.
So, I went and sat under the lilacs on the northwest corner of Temple Square where the Endowment House once stood and where Elinor received her own temple ordinances on 15 November 1856. I felt her there and the Amazing Grace.