Ohio Amish Library

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Amish Newspapers

The Ohio Amish Library has partnered with The Budget, Sugarcreek, Ohio, Die Botschaft, Millersburg, Pa. and The Diary, Kirkwood, Pa. to digitize their newspapers. Using the latest scanning and photography methods, the paper is digitized from the original copies and are fully searchable. The Budget is available from 1890 to present, Die Botschaft from 1975 to present, and The Diary from 1969 to present.

The newspapers contains articles from Amish/Mennonite communities through-out the Americas. Excellant source for Amish, Mennonite, local births, marriages, deaths and numerous other bits of information about your ancestors.

Now available at the library for your research. Out of town? Email us with your info for a quote to have the research done by our talented staff.

Personal Collections

Christian Schantz (1828-1910) Collection    A collection of over 225 German letters, documents, maps, and books, mainly from Basel, Switzerland to America. Most of them were written by members of the Amish/Mennonite church of Basel. The letters were written from 1853 to 1909.  Following is a list of a few people who wrote to Christian Schantz:
Christian Rich (1827-1895)
Daniel Rich (1833-1906)
John Rich (1824-1893)
Eliza Schantz (1835-1913)
Joseph Schantz (1837-1910)
Joseph Kaufmann (1829-1920)                    Others writers include Peter Schantz, Adolf Schantz, Anna Widmer, Verena Wittmer, Elizabeth Klopfenstein, Lisette Weiss, Frederick Wenger, Christian Kaufman, Abraham Ummel, Anna Herzog, Mary Wenger, and Jacob Conrad.

Other Personal Collections

 

Martyrs Mirror

First published in Holland in 1660, it documents the stories and testimonies of Christian Martyrs, especially Anabaptist. Translated into German in 1748/49 at Ephrata, Pennsylvania, it contained a massive 1,512 pages. It was the largest book printed in America before the Revolutionary War. Printed continually since then, it is still a beloved book among the Amish and Mennonites today. The Library has the 1660, 1685, 1748/49, and many other editions on display.

Our Martyrs’ Mirror Collection

Small Groups

Bibles

The Library has a nice collection of Family bibles used by Amish and Mennonites. The master piece of our collection is the 1531 Zurich Bible, also known as the Froschauer Bible, which was once owned by Amish man John Holly. We have many German Luther Bibles and Testaments. Many Bibles contain Family genealogies and other bits of useful information for modern researchers.

Family Bibles with Genealogical Information

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