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The following terms reflect the culture of the Church of the Brethren, a denomination grounded on the principles of Anabaptism and founded through the Pietist efforts of Alexander Mack, in the summer of 1708 near the small German village of Schwarzenau. This resource is not an exhaustive compilation of all denominational terminology, which might also be garnered from other Brethren works, such as the Brethren Encyclopedia, Brethren Bibliography, European Origins, Brethren in America, Ephrata Cloister, 19th Century Acculturation, Brethren Timeline, Brethren Groups, and Brethren Genealogy. You are encouraged to share your comments, suggestions, or corrections with the Web Administrator.


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Fellowship of Brethren Genealogists (FOBG)

A genealogical member organization established in 1966, and sponsored by the Historical Committee of the Church of the Brethren. Some of the primary functions of the FOBG is:

  • To foster communication among persons tracing the same Brethren ancestral lines.
  • To encourage research in Brethren genealogy.
  • To encourage the preservation of materials relating to the history and genealogy of Brethren families.

The Fellowship cooperates with the Historical Committee and the Brethren Historical Library & Archives (BHLA) in building up the genealogical collection of the Library. Members are encouraged to donate family genealogies or other genealogical resources, published or unpublished, to the Fellowship. These are reviewed in Brethren Roots and then are added to the holdings of BHLA, where they are available to researchers.

Each year at the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference an exhibit booth is maintained throughout the Conference on behalf of the Fellowship. The officers invite the help of members in staffing the booth. Persons wishing to volunteer or having materials they would like to have displayed should contact the president. Members are invited to stop at the booth, get acquainted, and see what is on display. The dates for the Conference are announced each year in Brethren Roots.

Members are encouraged to contribute records of Brethren cemeteries, both in their home areas and in areas where they research. Many of these are already listed and have been placed in local libraries or historical societies. The Fellowship needs help in locating and obtaining copies of these records. Other Brethren cemeteries have never been listed. Fellowship members can perform a real service to other researchers by recording the information from the stones before they disappear.

Membership dues are $10.00 per year. All memberships are on a calendar year basis, but one may join at any time. New members receive all the publications for the year in which they join. To join, send a check for $10.00, with a membership application form if you have one, to Ron McAdams, 7690 S. Peters Rd., Tipp City, OH 45371-8933. Be sure to indicate the surnames on which you are working. If you have any questions not answered by this paper, please write to any of the officers.

Fill The Ark

A mission program working in cooperation with Heifer Project International, to raise money and consciousness about poverty and hunger throughout the world. Point of focus is often a small coin bank in the form of an Ark, that is given to children for collection.

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