Do you believe you might be descended of “Prussian” Mennonites? Are you unsure? Is it worth a look?
To get a good idea of who the Low German Mennonites were (and whether you might be descended of this group) please review the Family/ Surname list provided on MennoniteDNA. If you find one of your family names on that list then please “read on.”
For those who research family in West & East Prussia (today the area is in Northeastern Poland) an important, but ‘not very well known’, set of genealogical source documents should be included in your search – West & East Prussian Mennonite church record books . I have placed copies of many texts from my primary (family) research areas (near the former Zeyer, Westpreussen, today Kępki, Polska) on ManyRoads; additional Mennonite records from Montbeliard (Alsace, France) & Switzerland are available in the ManyRoads libraries, as well. See:
In addition to the above ManyRoads provided Mennonite research texts, there are a wealth of additional West/ East Prussian Mennonite research resources on the Internet including:
- Danzig Mennonite congregation
- Elbing Mennonite congregation
- Fürstenwerder Mennonite congregation
- Heinrichsdorf, Volhynia, Mennonite congregation
- Heubuden Mennonite congregation
- Karolswalde, Volhynia, church book notes
- Königsberg congregation
- Ladekopp Mennonite congregation
- Michalin-Gnadenberg-Grace Hill Mennonite congregation
- Schönsee-Kulmer Niederung congregation
Other Mennonite research websites of interest include:
- Anabaptist Genealogy at 23andME – Genetic Genealogy of the Amish, Brethren, Mennonite, and Reformed Groups
- Digitalisierte Kirchenbücher aus Preussen – Digitalized Church books from Prussia (many available on ManyRoads)
- GRANDMA Online (Grandma’s Window) – California Mennonite Historical Society database of 1,000,000 plus individuals, most of whose ancestry is traceable to Mennonite communities in Prussia (now Poland) and South Russia (now Ukraine). $
- Mennonite DNA Project – This is part of a larger Mennonite DNA Project with includes all Anabaptist groups of Dutch, German or Swiss descent. These include Amish, Hutterites, Old Order Mennonites and others.
- Mennonite (Anabaptist) DNA Project – The Low-German Mennonites are descended from those Anabaptists/Mennonites who settled in northern Poland from the early 1500s to the late 1600s. The majority of these people were from the Netherlands, with significant proportions coming from Switzerland and Germany.
Should know of additional Mennonite resources you believe might benefit our readers, please contact ManyRoads directly.