Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on January 12, 2016 in Collections

The Lancaster, Pennsylvania, area is known for its Amish and Mennonite heritage. Over the course of many years, the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society has compiled more than 210,000 index cards with records of the Mennonite families in the region. Until recently, these cards were only available to researchers at the society’s library. Now, LMHS has partnered with Ancestry to digitize these cards. They are available on Ancestry as the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Mennonite Vital Records, 1750-1940 collection.

The cards were compiled from a number of sources, including family papers and diaries; cemetery records; periodicals; and county histories.

Here is the card for Samuel Troop (b. 1825), his wife Sarah, and their children:

Samuel and Sarah Troop and family. Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Mennonite Vital Records, 1750-1940.
Samuel and Sarah Troop and family. Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Mennonite Vital Records, 1750-1940.

Note at the bottom “Israel Hollinger Diaries.” That is the LMHS collection where this information came from. Those diaries are in the Personal Papers collections at the LMHS library.

Many of the records are continued on the back of the card and/or are on multiple cards. Be sure to scroll through the images to make sure you’ve seen the entire record for that person or family.

If you’ve had success searching for your ancestors in our newest Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Mennonite Vital Records, 1750-1940 collection, please tell us in the comments below.

Amy Johnson Crow

Amy Johnson Crow is a Certified Genealogist and an active lecturer and author. Her roots run deep in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. She earned her Masters degree in Library and Information Science at Kent State University. Amy loves to help people discover the joys of learning about their ancestors and she thinks that there are few things better than a day in a cemetery. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Amy Johnson Crow.


  1. I joined ancestry about 22 years ago i had family tree from 1600 till present then my computer went bad I got new computer but never could open my account again I lost everything it’s not worth all the work

  2. Randy Allen

    Thank you for making this information available. I had long been skeptical, despite two DNA descendant matches, about the connection of a great-great-great grandfather to the names preceding his. It was extremely exciting to see his and his wife’s name listed on card as a prospective descendant. It was also quite intriguing to find a Mennonite connection. Thank you, most sincerely, making this available.

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