Betty Graber Hartzler's Databases:
Swiss Volhynian Genealogy Database - My Graber family originated
in Switzerland and became a part of the Amish division of 1697.
While most of the Amish migrated to America in the 18th century,
this group spent a hundred years in Prussia/Russia before coming
to South Dakota and Kansas in 1874. A major published resource
for this group is Swiss Russian Mennonite Families Before 1874,
compiled by James W. Krehbiel (1995). The reference numbers
identify the persons by family code.
Harvey County, Kansas Genealogy Database - The starting
point for this database is the Amish and Mennonite settlement
in central Kansas. References in this database identify the
East Lawn (Pennsylvania Mennonite Church) Cemetery, rural Hesston,
GENERAL GENEALOGY RESOURCES
Mennonite Historical Society/a>
GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry)
is a project of the California Mennonite Historical Society's Genealogy
Project Committee. Distributed on CD-ROM, the current version 7.0
of the database contains genealogical information over 1.2 million
persons, most of whose ancestral lines can be traced to Mennonite
communities in Poland and Russia. Not merely a list of individual
people, entries in GRANDMA are linked by relationship (to the extent
we can determine this). Various reports can be generated from the
data, including ancestry, descendancy, and relationship calculations.
Cyndi's List is the most comprehensive site for
genealogy researchers available on the internet. It has over
137,950 categorized and cross-referenced links in more than 150
categories. Some pages are general in nature but the site is pretty
comprehensive. These lists are a good place to start if you don't
have a specific group of people that you are searching for.
Genealogy Programs for your Computer
* Brother's Keeper is the most commonly used program
by Mennonite Genealogy researchers. It is available as shareware
and can be downloaded.
**PAF, Personal Ancestral File is a free program
written by the Mormon Church.
The Language of Computer Genealogy;
GEDCOM is an acronym taken from "GEnealogical Data
COMmunication". It defines a structure for a file which can be used
to transfer genealogical data from one computer/program to another.
The file format is a standard ASCII text file so it can be read/written
by virtually any computer and/or genealogy program.
The GEDCOM Standard was written by the Family History Department
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS or Mormon
Church). It was necessary to have such a standard in order to share
genealogical information. The GEDCOM Standard has been through several
versions, and the current version 5.5 standard has been around for
over 3 years.