Major Howard Egan Family Foundation

Sailor Rope Maker Captain in Nauvoo Legion Bodyguard to Joseph Smith Mormon Battalion Envoy Captain of the 9th 10 of the original 1847 Pioneer Vanguard Company Gold Rush Trading Post Owner Trail Blazer Cattle Drover Major in Utah War Pony Express Rider & Superintendent of Line from Salt Lake to California Stage Station Owner Friend & Missionary to Indians Salt Lake City Policeman Bodyguard to Brigham Young
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Clan Egan DNA Project . Statistics DNA testing allows the male and female lines to be traced back over long periods. At the instigation of the Clan Chief Michael J.S.Egan, the Clan Egan is undertaking the Clan Egan DNA Project as part of an attempt to bridge some of the major gaps in the documented […]

Clan Egan Facebook Page . There is a Facebook group called ‘World of Clan Egan’ for all members of the Egan Clan and extended family to stay in touch, post pictures, share milestones, and look forward to future Clan Egan Rallies.  There are already many members in the closed group and all Clan Egan members world-wide […]

BYU Redd Center Co-Hosted Event . BYU’s Charles Redd Center for Western Studies joined the Major Howard Egan Foundation in co-sponsoring the Jubilee Celebration of the birth of Major Howard Egan on June 11th 12th and 13th of 2015. The Charles Redd Center was created in 1972 when several history professors proposed to BYU’s administration the […]

Pony Express: Facts & Fiction . Facts . ● The Pony Express operated from April 3, 1860, to October 26, 1861; the last run was completed Nov. 21, 1861. ● Pony Express motto: “The mail must go through.” ● The oath: “I, ……, do hereby swear, before the Great and Living God, that during my […]

Major Egan: Oldest Pony Express Rider . Those in charge of the Pony Express didn’t believe riders traveling east could cross the mountains and deserts between California and Utah as easily as riders heading west, from Missouri, could cover the plains. On the very first run, assuming the eastbound riders would be late, they didn’t […]

2014 Clan Egan Rally in Los Angeles . The 2014 Clan Egan Rally was held in the Los Angeles area.  There were many popular and famous family attractions in the area, but also more Irish connections than might generally be expected. Along with the activities on the schedule, visitors were encouraged to extend their visit […]

Ireland’s Year of “The Gathering” . The Irish government declared 2013 to be a year of “The Gathering,” a year-long celebration of all things Irish. More information can be found at the event website:, which had the following description: “Throughout 2013, Ireland opened its arms to hundreds of thousands of friends and family from all […]

2012 Clan Egan Rally in Ireland . Clan at Michael Collins Memorial on ambush site of Beal na mBlath Braving the wettest three months in recorded Irish history, Clan Egan carried on with their 2012 Rally and achieved many highlights and memorable events. We were fortunate enough to find a few spots of sunshine to […]

Video of 2012 Clan Egan Rally in Ireland . Edward and Elayne Allebest created a fun video of their visit to Ireland featuring the 2012 Clan Egan Rally.  It presents a great view of the sights and history encountered. Part 1 is a You tube video of the 2012 Clan Egan Rally. Part 2 […]

Family History Site: Now 1 Billion Records . In less than seven years, volunteers have added one billion searchable records to the free family history website provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,   FamilySearch indexers reached the milestone on April 19, 2013, combining the skills of an army of volunteers from 164 countries […] Enhances Capabilities . Digital technologies have progressively made family history work easier and more accessible. A new version of, makes family history research more interactive and conveniently collaborative, with added social media, photo and story elements that create a more personal family history experience for each user. FamilySearch, the world’s largest genealogy organization and a […]

BYU-Idaho Online Degree in Family History . BYU–Idaho has an online degree in family history research. The applied associates science (AAS) degree in family history research, a collaborative effort between the Church’s Family History Department and BYU–Idaho, is a rigorous online course of study that will enable students to increase their skills and knowledge in the field of family history research. By […]


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