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Amish and Mennonite Research: The Forgotten Swiss Germans

Oct. 6

Day Classrooms, History Center
10 a.m. to noon

Why "forgotten"? Many historians and genealogists discuss the large numbers of German-speaking immigrants without devoting much attention to this unique group of people. The Swiss Anabaptists came to America in two waves – primarily the 18th-century immigration from Germany to Pennsylvania and the 19th-century immigration from Switzerland to the Midwest. The history of the Anabaptist movement in Europe gives researchers a better understanding of the motivations behind their European, and eventual overseas, movement. An overview of resources and repositories unique to researching these families helps researchers uncover gems on this side of the Atlantic, as well as helps them identify the homes of their ancestors in Switzerland.

Presenter Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a small-animal veterinarian born and raised in northern Indiana. Although he received his doctorate in 1991, he has been an avid genealogist since 1980. He has been publishing and writing since 1985 and lecturing internationally and doing client work since 2004. He has tracked almost 24,000 descendants of a single Mennonite man born in Switzerland in 1761 to people living today.

$10; members $8

This class is eligible for 2 general LEUs

Register online at www.indianahistory.org or call (317) 232-1882.