Menu
Cart

Free Mennonite Family History Articles

The Augsburger Orphan Trail by Mary Ann Augsburger Kristiansen

Posted by Daniel Mast on

The Augsburger Orphan Trail: Seventeen Minor Children Lost From Two Generations by Mary Ann Augsburger Kristiansen Originally published in the April 2016 issue of Mennonite Family History Where does one start on this path? A good place to begin is in Sainte Marie-aux-Mines near the city of Strasbourg, Alsace (a province of France). Sainte Marie is a beautiful mining town in the mountains, named after a historical church. The year is 1839. It is a cold December day and a young Swiss Anabaptist woman is in a hospital giving birth to a baby. Her name is Magdalena. She was born...

Read more →

They Made Whiskey by Rodney G. Cavanaugh

Posted by Daniel Mast on

Originally published in the January 2016 issue of Mennonite Family History     Before temperance and abstinence, whiskey was the common drink. Wealthy people drank wine, while the lower classes drank rum which is a whiskey made from sugar cane. The use of grain was the expertise of the Scot-Irish that made whiskey cheaper and more available.    Among the earliest immigrants in the 1600s and early 1700s, making distilled liquor was common. This was quite as legitimate an enterprise as milling. There was so much whiskey produced that in 1684 a tax was imposed, but was not used.    Distillers sprang up...

Read more →