FAMILY RESEARCH RESOURCES
Our best resource for family research is the wonderful group of historians who make up the Historical Committee. Their names and contact information can be found by clicking on these words: Historical Committee Members (Family Research Committee).
The purpose of the Historical Committee is to assist cousins who are pursuing genealogical research of their family roots.
A Schürch genealogy database is available. See the links below.
There are quite a few books and articles to support your genealogical searches. Links are provided below.
We are fortunate to have three places where our most precious items are archived and stored in climate controlled environments. See the list below.
Many genealogy web sites are very useful to tap into. They are listed below.
Finding relatives through your DNA is a fascinating exercise. Thomas A Sherk has headed up this research helping many find which branch they fit into.
The biannual newsletter keeps us informed of the latest family genealogical breakthroughs. If you do not receive it already, follow the links to sign up to get your own copies.
For more information on this committee and/or on finding one’s family roots, please contact the chairman of this committee, Stephen Shirk.
Stephen D. Shirk (H44)
5201 Old Hwy 2, Belleville, ON, Canada K8N 4Z4
Tel: 613-966-4524 Cell: 613-813-7524
Schürch Family Database
Justin and a host of other historians have developed a Schürch database. The Schürch family database, in its most current form, is now online at two sites:
(This tree, at RootsWeb, is free for all to view.)
(For Ancestry.com subscribers)
A Listing of Books and Articles
Code H Lineage
If you are specifically interested in the Code H line, click here.
A number of resources related to our family history and genealogy, in the form of books and charts, are stored in three archive locations ...
1. Lancaster PA
3 . Fort Erie ON
Other Sites to Visit:
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
Mennonite Archives of Ontario
Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario
National Archives Administration
Pennsylvania County Sites
Pennsylvania German Folklore Society of Ontario
Reesor Family Connections
State and County Sites
Swiss Center of North America
Waterloo Branch of Ontario Genealogical Society
Waterloo County Genealogy
Waterloo Historical Society
World County Sites
DNA Analysis of the Schürch Family during the Last 10,000 Years
We hear in the news almost every day how DNA is determining guilt or innocence in crimes, finding genes involved in diseases and learning about extinct animals. DNA analysis is also becoming an important genealogy research tool. Tracing family history has in the past been limited to following family names, civil records, church records and other recorded information. This type of information can only take you back a few hundred years. With the advent of rapid DNA analysis methods and an understanding of how DNA is passed down from each male to his sons, grandsons, great-grandsons and so on permits extending our reach into the past to several thousand years.
Our Y-DNA project is currently on hold.