Now What? Trails and Tribulations
7/1/2007
Do wagon train rosters exist?

Q. My great grandparents went West on a wagon train after 1892. They lived in Memphis, Scotland County, Mo. Is there a way to verify their names on a roster or find out which wagon train they were on?

A. We don't know of a comprehensive list of wagon train passengers, and not all trains were documented, so you'll have to search a variety of sources. It'll help to know when and where your great grandparents departed and arrived, and which trail they followed. Examine your research for clues, search for land claims in the destination state (use the General Land Office records site <www.glorecords.blm.gov>), look up your ancestors in US and territorial censuses, and double-check their obituaries.