The Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies is your resource center and archives for information about the Mennonite Brethren, Tabor College, and related subject areas. The Center at Tabor College was organized in response to the resolution adopted at the 1974 U.S. Conference at Henderson, Neb.

CMBS Genealogy Workshop Series

CMBS has sponsored several genealogy workshops.  If you are interested in a workshop on a particular topic, such as but not limited to German newspaper research or the GRANDMA  Mennonite ancestry database, please contact Peggy Goertzen, CMBS Director, at 620.947.3121 x 1211 or

CMBS Event Pictures

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Christian Leader Inquiry Form

Check out the new Christian Leader Inquiry Form.

Christian Leader Index

Download the first and second volume of the Christian Leader index.

Vol. 1 Christian Leader Index

Vol. 2 Christian Leader Index

New and Used Book Order Form

Order new and used books, as well as cassette tapes, CDs, VHS tapes, DVDs and Mennonite Ancestry Data Bases from the CMBS New and Used Book Order Form. The complete list is viewable at the top of the form page.

New Publication (sold out: pre-order next printing)

Find out more about the new DM Hofer book, “Terror, Faith, and Relief: The Famine in Russia.” Email to pre-order.

CMBS Newsletters

Back issues of the CMBS Newsletter are available for a donation of six dollars each through spring 2015.  Subsequent issues are eight dollars each.  Some issues are very limited in supply.  View a listing of lead article for each newsletter.


  • To acknowledge the work of God in the history of the Mennonite Brethren Church
  • To nurture a continued sense of Anabaptist-Mennonite identity
  • To establish a testimony for future generations of God’s dealings through the Mennonite Brethren Church


Search Cataloged Records

  • Historical records of the United States Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches
  • Historical records of the Southern and Central District Conferences of the Mennonite Brethren Church and its congregations
  • Historical records of Latin American and North Carolina Conferences of the Mennonite Brethren Churches and its congregations
  • Historical records of the Krimmer Mennonite Brethren Conference and its congregations
  • Historical records of Tabor College
  • Newspaper and periodical collection, both German and English
  • Paul Wohlgemuth hymnal and songbook collection
  • Genealogical and manuscript collections of families and individuals
  • Oral histories (transcribed)
  • Digitized sound recordings
  • Records of Marion County, Kansas including cemetery database for county
  • Records of Hillsboro Historical Society

Historical Online Resources

Five record books of Prussian Mennonite churches have been translated from German into English and typed into manuscript form. The books include records of baptisms, marriages and deaths, with some occasional supplemental data regarding church elders, teachers, membership transfers and excommunications. These translations were made possible and donated by James and LaVerna Shaw of Hutchinson, Kan., to the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies at Tabor College. These translations are critical resources for those involved in Prussian Mennonite research. The titles of the individual record books as presented by the translators are as follows:

Elbing-Ellerwald, West Prussia Church Book 1788-1880

Church Record of the Mennonite Congregation in Koenisberg 1794-1832

Church Record of those in the Ladekop District, Marrieges, Births, Deaths and Communicants… 1775-1829

Marcushof, Kreis Marienburg, West Prussia Church Record 1754-1834

Church Directory of the Mennonite Church at Oriofferfelde 1800-1818

German and English Newspapers and Periodicals

For a invetory of titles held by CMBS click here.

Heritage Quest

Major online genealogical/historical database including PERSI (Periodical Source Index) subject index to genealogical/historical articles from 10,000 titles of local history and genealogy; complementary book index (25,000 family and local histories); digital collection of U.S. Census (1790-1930); Revolutionary War materials; Freedman’s Bank records, and U.S. Serial Set (U.S. Congressional memorials, petitions and private relief acts).

How can the Center help you?

  • As a resource center for research regarding Mennonite Brethren history and related areas of study
  • As a safe depository for congregational and family records
  • As a consultation service regarding the keeping of church records, writing church histories, local histories and genealogies
  • As a consultation service in planning workshops, seminars, historical celebrations and publications related to Mennonite Brethren history, life and thought

How can you help the Center?

  • By being aware of the need to maintain and preserve the records of congregations, committees, conferences, institutions, families and individuals
  • By submitting your contributions of historical and archival materials to the Center
  • By becoming a supporter of the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies
  • By contributing funds for specific research projects, seminars or publications

The Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies is located at the south end of the Tabor College Library. We are normally open 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m., five days per week, with reduced summer hours, to students, faculty, visiting scholars and the public. CMBS is administered by an advisory board together with Tabor College. Your contributions of historical and archival materials are welcome.

CMBS Staff:

CMBS Advisory Board

  • David Brown, Chair
  • Karen Penner, Vice-Chair
  • Ruth Kopp, Secretary
  • Larry Nikkel
  • Dr. Janice Unruh Davidson
  • Wes Kroeker
  • Eleanor Franz
  • Dr. Don Isaac
  • Mark Just
  • David Klaassen
  • Ron Seibel
  • Joel Suderman
  • Janet Williams, ex-officio
  • Dr. Frank Johnson, ex-officio