This is your portal to the tens of thousands of documents and images available to you electronically. Members have full access to all databases, document libraries, and images. Non-members benefit from the many items available to the general public.
Visit Our Archives & Library
The Collections Building hosts our physical archives and library…
Use our archives and library to learn about Mennonites and interrelated communities. Our reference desk staff is ready to assist you.
Visit Us On Campus
You can also visit our campus for additional research opportunities.
Ancestry.com Available Here!
Ancestry.com is the world’s largest collection of online family history records, and it’s available for you to use complimentary in our library. Our reference staff can help you with your research and with making sense of what you find!
Hire Research Assistance
Sometimes you’ve reached the end of your available time or expertise, and hiring a researcher can help you expand what you know about your family tree or a topic of interest. We can point you in the direction of a researcher to meet your needs.
Ancestry Fan Chart
An ancestry fan chart provides insight into the unique origin story that each of us carries. Mennonite Life is pleased to offer a completed fan chart for purchase, particularly for those with Swiss Anabaptist ancestry.
For more information, see the Inquiry Form linked below.
Lancaster Mennonite History
Today, Anabaptist describes a family of faith that includes Amish, Brethren in Christ, Church of the Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites. Aspects of Anabaptist thinking and practice now appear in many Christian traditions, with some Anabaptist-interested folks calling themselves “Anabaptish.”
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Becoming a member opens additional research doors for you and helps us care for the collections.
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