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Berbank Church fonds

  • CA MCK 28-1997
  • Fonds
  • 1919-1966

This fonds contains a document titled "Berbank Church History." This document is partially in a printed format with a portion handwritten. This fonds also contains minute books and legal documents pertaining to the ownership of the land upon which the Church was constructed.

Berbank Church

Abram and Aganetha (Reimer) Friesen family fonds

  • CA MHCA MHC 1
  • Fonds
  • 1921-1938; 1956-1982

This fonds consists of two sections of letters which Jacob and Sara Braun received from the Friesen family. The first section dated 1921 to 1938 were received from the Friesen family in Ogus Tobe, Crimea, first while living in Tiegenhagen (Ukraine) and then after 1925 while living at Ste. Elizabeth, Manitoba. The second section dated 1956 to 1982 are letters written mainly by Helene Dueck, Renate Dueck, Peter Friesen and Anna Wall in the Soviet Union to Jacob and Sara Braun in Manitoba. The letters are arranged chronologically by year. The letters provide a view of how one immigrant family to Canada remained in contact with the family members left in the home country. They also provide a view of how one family experienced life in the Soviet Union from 1921 to 1982.

Friesen family

Isaac H. Warkentin collection

  • CA MHCA MHC 6
  • Collection
  • 1988-2009

This collections contains a photocopy of a journal written in 1919 by a young woman, Katharina Hildebrandt (1901-1920), who was engaged to be married to Johann Isaac Warkentin, who was murdered on 26 October 1919 in Eichenfeld, South Russia. The collection also includes a Hildebrandt family register of birth and death dates of the children of Heinrich David Hildebrandt (1870-1919), father of Katharina, who also was murdered at the Eichenfeld massacre on October 26, 1919. Another item is a 1988 transcript of an interview of Isaac Warkentin (1908), a brother of Johann who died in 1919.

Warkentin, Isaac, 1936-2010

Johann J. & Helena Wiens family fonds

  • CA MHCA MHC 2
  • Fonds
  • 1925-1933;1950;1956-1981

This fonds contains mainly letters received from siblings who remained in the homeland (Russia/Soviet Union) written in the post-revolution era, after Johann J. and Helena Wiens immigrated to Canada. The letters describe experiences of family, exile and complete disruption of their way of life as the communist regime developed. There is a 19-year period of no letter exchange beginning in 1937 when Stalin initiated an horrendous purge of anyone that might be a threat to his regime. After Stalin's death, things began to change slowly, and starting in 1956 contact was again established and another series of letter were exchanged. This fonds includes letters which Johann received from his sister Anna Siemens, his brother Jacob's family, his brother Peter Wiens and his sister Liese Letkemann. There are also some letters from relatives, David and Justina Kasper, Gertrude (Enns) Regehr and others. In addition to the letters from Russia, this fonds also contain two notebooks -- one consisting of the Wiens family register compiled by Johann J. Wiens, and the other a 1948 trip diary and address book created by Helena Wiens.

Johann J. and Helena Wiens family

Jacob D. Epp Family fonds

  • CA MHCA Microfilm #69 and #189; Volume 1016, 1017, 2169, 2432, 4636-4639
  • Fonds
  • 1788-1986

This fonds consists of four series: 1) Epp Diaries, 1837-1843, 1851-1986 2) Epp Materials, 1788-1811, 1846, 1878-1955 3) Epp Family Photograph Collection, [1920's?] 4) Epp Family Farm Ledgers, 1927-1986.

Epp, Jacob D., 1820-1890

Zaporozhe Archives (A.S. Tedeev) Collection

  • CA MHCA MHC 3
  • Collection
  • 1995

This collection contains records pertaining from at least 6 different fonds in the State Archive of the Zaporozhe Region. They include the Berdyansk Uezd Steppe Forestry Department (Fond 250), the Alexandrovsk Uezd Land Survey Commission (Fond 230), the Melitopol Uezd Statistical Bureau (Fond 255), the Berdyansk Uezd Land Survey Office (Found 263), the A.A. Koop Agricultural Equipment and Machinery Factory (Fond 158) and the Zaporozhe Okrug Executive Committee (Fond 316). The materials focus roughly on four themes – forestry, description of land and estate possessions, business correspondence and emigration.

Prairie Pioneers: The Mennonites of Manitoba

This film covers the 100 year anniversary of Mennonites in Manitoba in the context of the Manitoba centennial as well the other centennial celebrations in Winkler, Altona, Steinbach, Emerson and Plum Coulee. Significant scenes include the visit of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip to Steinbach in 1970, as well as a visit by Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. It includes short sequences showing the major Mennonite institutions includes Mennonite Collegiate Institute (Gretna), Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute, Westgate Mennonite Collegiate, Mennonite Brethren Bible College and College of Arts, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, Concordia Hospital and several of the large Winnipeg Mennonite churches. The film covers events such as community parades, a hymn sing at the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg and a thanksgiving celebration at the Winnipeg Arena in 1975. Other significant persons seen on this film include Manitoba premier Edward Schreyer, City of Winnipeg mayor Steve Juba, and alderman John Klassen of was in charge of the City of Winnipeg centennial celebrations. The film is narrated by Dr. Al Reimer.

Bernhard and Anna (Penner) Krahn Notice of Death Collection

  • CA MHCA Volume 4864a files7-8
  • Fonds
  • 1884-1942

The materials in the collection consist of handwritten letters notifying friends and family of a death, a few wedding invitations, pattern for a skirt and a recipe. A list of people in several villages are noted at the end signifying to whom the notice should be passed. The collection is helpful in understanding funeral practices in the Mennonite community, verifying and supplementing vital records already recorded in church and government sources. In addition some information as to the residents of some villages can be gleaned. Most common villages mentioned in the letters include Schoenweise, Reinland, Kronsfeld, Blumenfeld, Haskett, and Gnadenthal.

Krahn, Bernhard, 1857-1942

Erdman "Ed" Schellenberg fonds

  • CA MHCA MHC18
  • Fonds
  • 1843-2008, predominantly 1988-2008

This fonds consists of family documents, unpublished genealogies, a computer database and 83 photographs. Many of the genealogies are computer generated reports based on data that Ed Schellenberg collected and compiled for himself and others interested in Mennonite family history. Some of surnames of the families he researched included Schellenberg, Rempel, Braun, Barkman, Falk, Schlabach, Warkentin and Reimer.

Schellenberg, Erdman "Ed", 1928-2012

Hermann Thiessen fonds

  • CA MHCA Microfilm reel numbers 976-1004
  • Fonds
  • 1977-1992

This fonds consists of Thiessen's correspondence and various materials he collected while compiling his books. In addition to the correspondence and notes, there are three card files: Male Thiessens (and variant spellings), female Thiessens, and an alphabetical card index which apparently includes all Mennonites he found who were born before 1820 or baptized before 1840. The first file folder contains some introductory and explanatory notes by Hermann Thiessen. Some of the people he corresponded with and received information from were Katharina Thiessen, Fritz van Bergen, and Anna Andres.

Thiessen, Hermann, 1919-

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