Genealogical Card File

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For years the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society has been compiling the genealogical card file, an alphabetical card file consisting of names, dates, and other vital statistics on an estimated 800,000 individuals. It draws together genealogical data from many sources, including obituaries, published genealogies, archival collections, wills, individuals, etc.

Thanks to a partnership with Ancestry.com, the card file has been scanned and is searchable through Ancestry’s website. Anyone may search the collection however one must either have a subscription to Ancestry or be present in the LMHS Library to view the original cards/images.

Please be aware that the inclusion of a name in the card file does not indicate that they were necessarily Mennonite. While there is a focus on the families of Mennonites (and other Anabaptist groups), there are many non-Mennonite persons who appear in the file as well. Sometimes denominational affiliations can be determined from the cards or other sources; sometimes not.

To understand the card data, please see the image of a sample card on the right and the listing of source abbreviations below.

Additions or corrections are no longer being made to the card file but rather entered into the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society Genealogical Database, which is available online to LMHS members. To add information about your family to this file click here.

Genealogical Card File Source List Abbreviations

AKS–The unpublished manuscript collection of Amos K. Stauffer, focused on the Stauffer family—LMHS Archives; photocopies shelved in the library at CS71.S7981

ASK–The unpublished manuscript collection of Amos K. Stauffer, focused on the Kreider family—LMHS Archives; photocopies shelved in the library at CS71.K9262

Biog.Biographical Annals of Lancaster County Pennsylvania, originally published in 1903; shelved at F157.L2 B6

Chr. MonitorChristian Monitor (periodical)

DKL–The unpublished manuscript collection of Dorothy K. Landis, focused on the Landis family—LMHS Archives

EMTEastern Mennonite Testimony (periodical)

Eby Collection–The unpublished manuscript collection of Richard A. Eby, focused on the Eby family—LMHS Archives

Francis Collection–The unpublished manuscript collection of Frances (Mrs. Samuel K.) Francis, focused on the Bashore family, et al—LMHS Archives

GHGospel Herald (periodical; successor to Gospel Witness); chiefly obituaries that are also available at http://www.mcusa-archives.org/mennobits/

GSP–Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania (see also PGM)

GWGospel Witness (periodical; successor to Herald of Truth); chiefly obituaries that are also available at http://www.mcusa-archives.org/mennobits/

GarmanGenealogy tables for some Garman families descended from immigrants Adam Germann… compiled in 1979 by Lester W. Strock; shelved on the Oversized shelves (restricted) at CS71.G2345 1979a

Geneal. Archives–Genealogical files or surname folders at LMHS

HKM–The unpublished manuscript collection of Horace K. Martin, focused on the Martin and Kurtz families—LMHS Archives

HTHerald of Truth (periodical); chiefly obituaries that are also available at http://www.mcusa-archives.org/mennobits/

IDL–The unpublished manuscript collection of Ira D. Landis (first director of LMHS)—LMHS Archives

IWM–The unpublished manuscript collection of Isaac W. Martin, focused on the Martin family—LMHS Archives

Jobson Collection–The unpublished manuscript collection of Francis and Charles Jobson, focused on the Showalter family, et al—LMHS Archives

LCHS–Lancaster County Historical Society journal (periodical)

Lanc. C.H.–Lancaster Court House (chiefly wills and Orphan’s Court records); microfilm available at LMHS

MHBMennonite Historical Bulletin (periodical)

MMMissionary Messenger (periodical of Eastern Mennonite Missions)

MQRMennonite Quarterly Review (periodical)

MRJMennonite Research Journal (LMHS quarterly; predecessor to Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage)

Mylin Collection–Dr. Mylin Genealogy (some may be part of the Barbara K. Mylin Genealogical Papers at LMHS; some not held by LMHS)

PBG–The unpublished manuscript collection of Phares B. Gibble, focused on the Brubaker family—LMHS Archives

PGMPennsylvania Genealogical Magazine (periodical)

PGS–Pennsylvania German Society publication series—shelved at F146 .P23

PMHPennsylvania Mennonite Heritage (LMHS quarterly journal; successor to Mennonite Research Journal); also available to LMHS members online at https://www.lmhs.org/research/lmhs-publications/pa-mennonite-heritage/

Pa. Archives–Published Pennsylvania Archives series; shelved at F146 .P41

Pa. GermanPennsylvania German (periodical)

Pa. Mag. H & BPennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (periodical)

Past.Pastoral Messenger (periodical)

RBE–The unpublished manuscript collection of Reuben B. Eberly, focused on the Eberly family—LMHS Archives

Rittenhouse Collection–The unpublished manuscript collection of Curtis Rittenhouse, focused on the Rittenhouse family—LMHS Archives

Shantz Collection–The unpublished manuscript collection of George Wanger, focused on the Shantz family—LMHS Archives

YCCYouth’s Christian Companion (periodical)

YMYouth Messenger (periodical)