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Mace
09 May 2005, 11:49 PM
Anyone out there entering Mennonite geneology data into Reunion? My family and I have been entering in some from the Hochstetler, Beachy and Miller books. I'd be interested in sharing notes.

Regards,

Mace

Bill McQuary
10 May 2005, 07:08 PM
When my maternal grandmother died of TB in 1929 my mom and her brother were raised by her married sister. With the help of his sister, my grandfather raised twin girls, younger siblings of my mom and her brother.

My grandmother's sister was married to a man from a Mennonite family of the Kenagy surname. I researched his family and was able to trace it back five generations, chiefly using this site:

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mennobit/index.html

I think you'll find it usefull.

Regards,
Bill

SGilbert
10 May 2005, 07:25 PM
Mace,

As official "enterer" of info on my wife's side, I can attest that she has several hundred Hochstetler, Hostetler, etc entries in her "tree". Her Grandmother was a Hostetler. She also has the large Hostetler book and the supplement thereto.

She would be glad to share whatever info you two may have in common.

I believe you can email me from my profile.--OOPS, just looked, and you can't! eMail me at: sugilbert-at-aol-dot-com. Put "Hostetler" in the subject, or I might delete it by mistake.

Steve

ljirwin42
10 May 2005, 08:53 PM
Anyone out there entering Mennonite geneology data into Reunion? My family and I have been entering in some from the Hochstetler, Beachy and Miller books. I'd be interested in sharing notes.Hello Mace,
I'm researching my Mennonite families in Bucks, Berks and Lehigh Counties. I don't have any individuals with the surnames you mention. My most frequent surnames are SHELLY, YODER, LANDIS, FUNK, etc.

You're welcome to look at my database "ljirwin42" on the Rootsweb site at http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com.

There's also a Mennonite mailing list on Rootsweb.

I'd be glad to discuss other sources off the ReunionTalk list.

Regards, Lee James Irwin

Deb Sparbel
10 May 2005, 11:01 PM
Anyone out there entering Mennonite geneology data into Reunion? My family and I have been entering in some from the Hochstetler, Beachy and Miller books. I'd be interested in sharing notes.I've got lots of Mennonites in my maternal grandfather's family. My lines are Herr, Hershey, Ziegler, and Musselman. The areas where they lived were Lancaster Co., Montgomery Co., Allegheny Co., and Butler Co., all in Pennsylvania.

Deb S.

Janet Binkley
11 May 2005, 07:18 PM
I have a lot of data on Lancaster County Mennonites including HERR, JORDY, HERSCHEY, LANDIS, ENGLE, BARR/BAER, and Reformed families with which they intermarried such as BINKLEY and KREIDER. I have no website but will be glad to check on individuals who might be in my database. Also can do lookups in vols. 1-5 of Wright's LANCASTER COUNTY CHURCH RECORDS, which doesn't really include Amish/Mennonites but may give info on someone they married.

Oris
30 May 2005, 08:52 PM
Anyone out there entering Mennonite geneology data into Reunion? My family and I have been entering in some from the Hochstetler, Beachy and Miller books. I'd be interested in sharing notes.

Regards,

Mace
Mace, and anyone else who is interested:

I have been entering Mennonite data into Reunion for the last 5 to 8 years. My personal database has about 36,000 names, of which about 25,000 are derived from my Mennonite ancestry. All of my ancestors are Mennonites from Russia from the Ukraine area, who emigrated to Nebraska, the Dakotas, Kansas, Minnesota and Canada. (The other entries in my database belong to my wife, who was not Mennonite.)

I would love to exchange information with other Mennonite researchers who are working in this area.

Interestingly I have just imported the entire GRANDMA 4.1 database into Reunion 8. It works great!

Some explanation is in order here - the GRANDMA acronym stands for the Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry. The 4.1 database which is distributed as a BrothersKeeper database that runs only on Windows, contains 713,132 names. It used to be claimed that such a large database could not realistically be supported within Reunion. In fact, I tried to import a smaller version a few years ago and was unsuccessful.

But that is no longer the case. I am using a G4 1.25 GHz PowerPC with 768 MB of RAM. I have to be careful about not rebuilding the Index too frequently, as each rebuild takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes. However the retrieval time for names as I navigate through the database is virtually instantaneous.

I am really pleased, to say the least!

Now the really big task will be to match and merge my personal data with the GRANDMA data (much of which needs review and validation).

--oris

Wendell
05 June 2005, 11:25 PM
Oris

We have a number of Memmonite families from around the Lancaster PA area, the surname we have is Strehm, Johan Henrick and Adam, and wondered if you might have anything on that in your data base, was a very illusive old fell back there in the late 1700's after he got over on this side of the pond.

Wendell

xisp142@netins.net

Vernette Godfrey
08 June 2005, 12:59 AM
While attempting to trace my Mennonite Heritage, I discovered a store called "Mennonite Heritage Center, P.O. Box 8, 565 Yoder Rd., Harleysville, PA 19438 Ph.215.256-3020 They had a reprint of a genealogical history book written in 1895 about my family and I am sure my family is not the only one written about - they kept very accurate records of everyone. They may be on Internet now. They may be able to help you.

Good Luck, Vernette

metfordplatt
09 June 2005, 06:29 AM
I am a member of the Mennonite Historians of Easter Pennsylvania (MHEP) in Harleysville. I can't get there now due to geographics (I'm in South Africa) but there is an *extensive* library. There are hundreds of family bibles (all photocopied -- uhm the genealogical information!) and well as drawers and drawers of vertical files. Joel Alderfer is the librarian.

In my personal experience (my grandmother comes from Montgomery Co., PA) I found it better than a county based historical society as many families crossed county lines. As for Lancaster Co. (where my mother is from) there is very good historical society there for our PA Dutch brethren which will be of great help, too, but only if they are Lancaster Co. based. I used to be a member there, too, but it goes back a few years. They are just as well organized, but they don't do much outside of Lancaster Co.

I believe MHEP contains the records of the Franconia Conference and the Eastern Conference, but the one in Lancaster is more local. There is so much in both actually.

Michel

Oris
27 June 2005, 07:15 PM
We have a number of Memmonite families from around the Lancaster PA area, the surname we have is Strehm, Johan Henrick and Adam, and wondered if you might have anything on that in your data base, was a very illusive old fell back there in the late 1700's after he got over on this side of the pond.Wendell,

Sorry, but I cannot find a "Strehm" surname anywhere in either of my databases. The closest I come is "Strempler", "Stremick", "Stremler" and "Stremel".

--oris

ljirwin42
29 June 2005, 11:27 PM
Here's a more appropriate mailing list: MENNONITE-L@rootsweb.com.

I've enjoyed reading this thread and have a large Mennonite branch of my family. The above mailing list reaches far more Mennoninte researchers than good old ReunionTalk. If you subscribe, you won't find the traffic very heavy.

Lee

Wendell
09 July 2005, 04:46 PM
Wendell, Sorry, but I cannot find a "Strehm" surname anywhere in either of my databases. The closest I come is "Strempler", "Stremick", "Stremler" and "Stremel".Thanks for the information Oris

Wendell

Wendell
27 September 2009, 01:39 PM
Anyone out there entering Mennonite geneology data into Reunion? My family and I have been entering in some from the Hochstetler, Beachy and Miller books. I'd be interested in sharing notes.

Regards,

Mace

Do you have any Strehm, Wolff, Dorscheimer, names in your research? We have some that we believe to be Mebbibutes

Wendell

xisp142@netins.net

S McCormick
28 September 2009, 06:20 PM
From a recent Chat at Genealogy Wise on the Mennonites in Pennsylvania I have the following addresses
http://www.lmhs.org/
http://www.mennonites.ca/
http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/menn/
http://www.genealogyspot.com/religion/mennonite.htm
http://www.mennonitegenealogy.com/

And last but not least, the Swiss Anabaptist Genealogical Association. http://www.omii.org/

He lists as his sources:
History of the Amish by Steven Nolt
http://history.mennonite.net/
http://www.lmhs.org/
www.gotquestions.org/Mennonite-beliefs.html

I haven't examined any of these because I was being curious about the Mennonite neighbors of my own ancestors, but any or all of these source may be of help to you. (I don't THINK I duplicated any of the other offerings, but my list became to unwieldy for me to be sure.)

Hope this helps.

kmgenealogy
29 September 2009, 06:55 PM
For SMcCormick - Noticed your signature line includes "Dorrance". I am researching that surname for my brother-in-law. His line goes back to Rev. Samuel Dorrance of Voluntown, CT. If you are interested in discussing this further, please contact me at kmgenealogy AT mac DOT com.

Kaye

ljirwin42
08 October 2009, 08:35 AM
I'm researching SHELLYs and related familys such as YODER, LANDIS, etc. of Bucks County, Pa., A useful link to Mennonite obiituaries is: http://www.mcusa-archives.org/MennObits/ .
Lee