Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta


2007 Annual General Meeting & Genealogy Workshop

Location: Edmonton , River West Christian Church, 19815 45th Avenue, Edmonton
Date: May 4-5

Friday - 7pm: Mennonite DNA Project
Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Glenn Penner, Professor of Chemistry, University of Guelph and Co-administrator of the Mennonite DNA Project

The Mennonite DNA Project includes all Anabaptist groups of Dutch, German and Swiss descent, including Amish, Hutterites, Old Order Mennonites and others. DNA testing helps uncover common ancestors and to some extent reflects a person’s geographical roots.

Find out how you too can participate in the intriguing world of genetic genealogy.


  • 10:00am - Noon:
    Annual General Meeting
    Chair: Vince Friesen

  • Noon:
    Lunch will be served (price is $10) - please let Dave Pankratz (
    know by April 27 if you will be having lunch with us.

  • 1:30 pm - Dr. Glenn Penner
    Dr. Penner will talk about Mennonites in West Prussia and provide an overview of available West Prussian genealogical sources. The emphasis will be on sources that have recently become available and sources he expects will become available in the next few years. This presentation will be of particular interest to anyone whose ancestors lived in West Prussia

  • 2:30 pm - break

  • 3:00 pm - Judith Rempel, MHSA Library & Archives Coordinator
    A demonstration of the latest version of the Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry (GRANDMA) program. Bring any information you have about your Mennonite ancestors and find out if you can discover previously unknown ancestors and relatives.

Other Opportunities:

  • Copies of the GRANDMA CD will be available for sale, as well as selected other MHSA "Bookstore" items
  • Memberships will be available for $20 per household (includes right to vote at AGM and receive mailed copy of MHSA newsletters for one year).

Last Updated 14 Apr 2007

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