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Re: Stephen & Ulrich Bieri of Schangnau
Posted by: Ray Beery Date: August 12, 2001 at 11:12:29
In Reply to: Stephen & Ulrich Bieri of Schangnau by Eldon F. Beery of 562


The source I have is Richard Davis of Provo UT, it comes to me second hand:

Furnished by Hank Bumgardner (Wichita), Jan 1998

FOREWORD from: Emigrants, Refugees and Prisoners, Volume II by Richard Warren Davis, Copyright 1997

When I first began genealogical research on my Mennonite ancestors in 1983 I discovered that almost all the books written on Mennonite families in America commenced with the American immigrant ancestor.

It appeared that very little was known of the immigrant ancestor's roots other than most were of Swiss ancestry. It was almost as if there was a dark veil separating this immigrant from his family roots in Europe.

After several years of fumbling around in the dark I was amazed at how much information there really was in the various archives in Switzerland on these Mennonite immigrants. Some of this information made its way to America.

This book is a result of several trips to Switzerland, Germany and Pennsylvania, gathering information on Anabaptist families who lived in these places. The majority of my research took place in the archives in Bern, Switzerland. Most of the Canton Bern church books have been deposited there. In some cases such as the church books of the parish of Oberdiessbach, it was necessary for me to travel to the village of Oberdiessbach and look at the records there.

This book is an attempt to establish a link between the known Anabaptist families in Switzerland and Germany in the 1600's and 1700's and the Anabaptist families who arrived in Pennsylvania between 1709 and 1776.

This book contains only a portion of the many references and notes on Anabaptists that are available in the archives of Bern, Zurich, Aargau and other areas of Switzerland. Because this book deals with family connections there is still much work to be done on all of the families I have included in this volume. The family genealogies in this volume are all in different stages of research. In some cases I was able to go beyond the immigrant several generations into America, while in other cases I stopped at the immigrant with hopes that other researchers would be able to continue the line into America. I hope to publish a third volume with information that I have already gathered, and with information I hope to gather in the future. As of the printing of this second volume (1997) the church records of Canton Bern have been microfilmed by the LDS church and some are now available from Salt Lake City.


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