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

CMBS Dinner (April 30, 2022)

Previous CMBS events on campus

Christian Leader Inquiry Form

Check out the new Christian Leader Inquiry Form.

Christian Leader Index

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

Vol. 1 Christian Leader Index

Vol. 2 Christian Leader Index

Mennonite Brethren Conference Yearbooks

We are offering copies of select Mennonite Brethren Conference yearbooks  to any  who are interested, for the cost of postage.  These include: General Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church, United States Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church, Southern District Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church, and Central District Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church. Not every year is available.  Please contact: Peggy Goertzen, Director, at

New and Used Book Lists and Order Form

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

New Publication

Reprint now available!

The reprint of the new DM Hofer book, “Terror, Faith, and Relief: The Famine in Russia” is now available. Email to order.

CMBS Newsletters

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


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 an inventory of titles held by CMBS click here.

CMBS Cataloged Holdings

For an inventory of holdings 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).