This is the web site of Connell O'Donovan. Born in 1961 in Syracuse, Utah, I have lived in Santa Cruz, California since 1994, and consider Santa Cruz as my home. I am an administrator at UC Santa Cruz, and am currently working on a biography of William Smith, the youngest brother of Mormon prophet, Joseph Smith.

Here is my Curriculum Vitae

Below are most of my research/writing projects:



LGBT Mormons

Massachusetts Mormons


Mormons in the Lowell, Mass. Branch

Mormons of the Boston, Mass. Branch (1835-1860)

William Smith's Elders' Pocket Companion of November 1844 (Boston) - PDF

Michael Hull Barton's 192 page Something new: comprising a new and perfect alphabet containing forty distinct characters, etc. (origin of the Mormon phonetic "Deseret Alphabet"?) 192-page PDF

JPEG Images of Barton's Phonetic Alphabet: Page One, Page Two

African American Mormons

Research on Elder Q. Walker Lewis
(1798-1856) & the Extensive Genealogy of His Family (1700-1920)

The Life and Murder of Thomas Coleman in Theocratic Utah (1831-1866) - PDF

"I would confine them to their own species": LDS Historical Rhetoric & Praxis Regarding Marriage Between Whites and Blacks

Two Black Mormon Revolutionary War veterans in the Nauvoo area:


William Smith

Transcriptions of Isaac Sheen and William Smith's Melchisedek & Aaronic Herald newspaper (Feb 1849 - April 1850), including biographies of the two men

William Smith's Elders' Pocket Companion of November 1844 (Boston) - PDF


Gay Archaeology


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