Mennonite Historical Society of British Columbia
List of Major Holdings
John B. Toews library of historical materials
Mennonite Central Committee of B.C. files
Mennonites Church BC files
M.B. Board of Church Extension files (B.C.)
Bible School files
Periodicals: Mennonitsche Rundschau, Der Bote, M.B. Herald, The Mennonite, Zionsbote and various other Mennonite publications - past and present
Photographs: Bible Schools, Conferences, also a large collection of enlarged photographs of Mennonites in Prussia, Russia, Canada, U.S.A., S. America, and Mexico, as well as many old original photographs
Oral histories (on tape)
Yearbooks - conference yearbooks of both COM/BC and M.B. Conference of B.C., as well as School yearbooks
Music - Mennonite musicians and groups in B.C. Cassettes, recordings and reel to reel recordings.
Special Collections includes files on persons in ministry, constitutions and statements of faith, Selbtschutz, MHS of BC, Vancouver Maedchenheims, Clearbrook Golden Age Society. In addition we have a collection of Bibles and old books including devotional, catechisms, and songbooks.
Items of special interest to genealogists:
Over 100 family histories and genealogies
170 individual history files listed alphabetically by individual names
Obituaries- 53 Obituaries collected by G.I. Peters and a large collection clipped from the Mennonitische Rundschau
Family Registers of 249 families who reside in B.C.
Peter J. Braun - Russian Mennonite Archive (Odessa) 1803-1920 microfilms - includes an 1835 Census of the Molotschna Colony
St. Petersburg Archives on microfilms
Zaporoshje Regional Archives - microfilms
GRANDMA Volume II - Genealogical Resgistry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry - includes 267,864 names, 75,296 families. Maps of South Russia & Prussia. Ship List indexes 1892-1904
Mennonite Historical Atlas by Schroeder/Huebert
From Prussia to Russia - 300 years - by B.H. Unruh in German titled " Die niderlaeudisch - niederdeutschen Hintergruednde der mennonitischen Ostwouderungen in 16, 18. Aund 19. Jahrbundert."
The Mennonite Brotherhood in Russia, (1789-1910) by Peter M. Friesen
The Emigration from Germany to Russia in the Years 1763-1862 by Karl Stumpp
Bergthal Gemeinde Buch - 1843-1876 - edited by John Dyck. Includes passenger lists, 1881 Federal Census Data and other information
Reinlaender Gemeinde Buch - 1880-1903 - edited by John Dyck and William Harms
1880 Village Census of the Mennonite West.
The Mennonite Encyclopaedia (4 volumes)
Our library contains Mennonite History books, histories of specific Mennonite villages in Russia, biographies and other books of interest to the people with Mennonite Heritage.