General Genealogy Resources
- Swiss Anabaptist Genealogical Association
- Mennonite Genealogy Dot Com
- Tim Janzen’s Genealogy Page
- Mennonite Library-Archives @ Bethel College
- MennObits – Obituaries
- Mennonite DNA
- Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (GAMEO)
- Menno Tree Genealogy Search Engine
- GRANDMA’s Window Online (subscription)
- Obits Mennonite Church USA Archives
- Obits MWR
- Obits Christlicher Bundesbote – in German 1882-1947
- Findagrave – link opens on Hopefield Church Cemetery
you can join findagrave for free, just sign up
- Ancestry.Com (subscription)
- Death Indexes – all 50 states
- Acme Mapper – gets the Lat/Long of unknown cemeteries
- Cemetery Mapper – map of cemeteries in findagrave
- Harvey County Genealogy Society – Harvey County Kansas
- McPherson County Kansas Cemeteries – lone graves, family plots
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.
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.
Genealogy Programs for your Computer
- Brother’s Keeper– Windows Computers*
- The Master Genealogist– Windows Computers
- Family Origins – Windows Computers
- Personal Ancestral File -Windows Computers**
- Reunion – Apple Computers
- Lifelines – UNIX/Linux Computers
* 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.