Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Tuesday's Tip - Begin at the Beginning
That is when I realized starting from the beginning was necessary to understand more fully the information being presented.
The mistake was concentrating on connecting family members without understanding the basics about the Mennonite people and their beliefs. Back to the Google drawing board to find resources about this faith and it's people.
The first website discovered was Mennonite Church USA and their link Who Are the Mennonites? The site answers basic questions and provides a short video.
Most importantly there is a glossary to terms found throughout Mennonite genealogy. These have been extremely helpful in deciphering relationships and church affiliation.
The lesson learned is when researching a specific area, religion, or government you are unfamiliar with begin at the beginning. I wasted most of the day trying to connect dots and ending up with a huge headache.
For those with Mennonite heritage here are additional sites.
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
Mennonite Church USA
Mennonite Church Canada - Genealogy & Historical Research Links
Mennonite Church USA Archives' photostream - flickr