Plain Folk: Researching Amish and Mennonite Families

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
Apr 10, 2019
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Speaker's Introduction
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Coming to America
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Growth and Division
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Religious Hierarchy
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Leaving the Country
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Genealogical Papers
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

Amish and Mennonite families are often romanticized in modern literature and television series. However, their backgrounds, though similar, have beliefs that keep them separate. The Amish and the Mennonites are often grouped together. And, while they have some similarities, including their roots in religion, there are distinct differences.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, was involved in genealogy before she was even born. The daughter of avid genealogists, she was spending time in courthouses and cemeteries while other children were playing on swings and going to the beach. The love of
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    Marci Abraham
    1 year ago

    Fabulous webinar! What a treasure trove of knowledge. I am trying to find the parents of my 3rd ggf, and it’s been a needle-in-a-haystack endeavor. I have a few leads into the Mennonite community in Lancaster County, Penn., so this was extremely enlightening. Thanks so much, Peggy!

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago

    Peggy does a fabulous job. So much information and such great delivery.

    Peggy has done a wonderful job, again. The information presented was top notch.

    Peggy has hit another one out of the park!

    Peggy is a true historian! Her webinars are always filled with facts that make history so much more understandable!

    Peggy is always great!

    Peggy is always interesting to listen too. Thanks

    Peggy is always the BEST!!!!

    Peggy really knows her stuff and explains it so clearly!

    Peggy’s presentations are always great, she’s a wealth of knowledge!

    So love Miss Peggy. I could listen to her all day talk about anything. Excellent story teller. Thank you Miss Peggy for sharing your God given talent and knowledge with us. Looking forward to May for your next webinar.

    So much covered in webinar that’s not on syllabus. I realize the syllabus can’t be 100 pages long!!


    Super info, great speaker, so organized. Info so good I want the syllabus so will break my budget and rejoin with the discount. Just so I can see more of her webinars! Thanks as usual.

    Super. Miss Peggy is always so thorough and her handouts are so full of info and links. Amazing!

    This was great. So much information.

    I took lots of notes & found the maps to be fascinating.

    To my knowledge, I don’t have any Amish or Mennonite ancestors, but the explanation and comparison of the religions was very helpful. I feel like I have a better understanding.

    Totally enjoyed the history as well as ideas on how to research. Thank you.

    Absolutely fascinating material which is making me rethink where one line of our family came from.

    Very informative and wonderful pictures.

    VERY informative!

    Very informative.

    Very interesting, although I was expecting a little more historical information. Peggy’s theme was different and well done and I learned several new things. My ancestry goes back to Bucks County, PA Mennonites in colonial times so that
    is what attracted me to the webinar.

    Very interesting, Peggy was well versed in her subject and you can tell that she loves to do the research. Thanks for this wonderful way to spend an evening.

    Will need to re-watch this fantastic webinar, it was brilliant.

    Wonderful presenter and interesting topic.

    wonderful webinar.

  3. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago

    Absolutely superb. And the ending….the best.

    Always learn something new in these webinars…




    Awesome! A ton of info.

    Excellent information and presentation as always.

    Excellent webinar! I could listen for hours when Peggy shares so much history with knowledge and kindness mixed in. I really appreciate all the maps and tables defining differences. This will be watched again. Thanks!

    Excellent! One of the best!


    Extremely informative.

    Extremely well done, Thank you!

    Genuinely one of the best webinars I’ve attended…. Peggy is an excellent presenter!

    Good historical information. Went too fast thru the resources for research tho. Will need to see the replay again!

    Great historical information but would have like more on the researching part of it.

    Great information. Thanks!

    Great Presentation with total historical coverage

    Great webinar on researching Amish and Mennonite genealogy.

    I have a whole line of Mennonite/Amish ancestors through my Grandmother Showalter( Switzerland/Germany/Lancaster co Pennsylvania/Wayne Co Ohio and Grundy Co Illinois) and I was glad to hear all the history. That was most important to me!

    I loved the historical background!

    I work in Amish and Mennonite genealogy all the time … and I learned some things. Peggy did a good job, overall.

    It was wonderful. As for the starting comments, my reply would be, “How can you have genealogy without history?”

    Lots of very interesting historical information to help separate the different Anabaptist groups. Thanks so much!

    Love Peggy’s talks!

    Loved all the historical info

    Miss Peggy is always fun to listen to.


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