14 responses to John Gingerich on History of the Bernese Anabaptists: Interview and book giveaway
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    Comment on Giveaway (July 10th, 2011 at 11:46)


    I too would be interested in reading this book. Please enter me as well.

  • Almost forgot; please include my name. Thanks, SRR

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    Richard Dawley
    Comment on Finding your book by "coincidence" (May 12th, 2012 at 15:25)

    Finding your book by "coincidence"

    John Gingerich,

    In the summer “quilt and furniture Amish auction time” in Wisconsin in 2010, I found a pedler in her tent selling an assortment of goods, some new , some old, but including your book, “Hisotry of the Bernese Anabaptists” for sale for $8.00 which I bought with alacrity.

    Today, May 12, 2011 as I was reading Leroy Beachy’s two volume “Unser Leit” I came across the name of the Swiss village of Eggiwil that I have visited and stayed in a B&B in 2002. Sadly, I never went to the “cave church” nearby.

    Now after writing nine non-fiction books of my experiences with the AMish, Mennonites, and Hutterites I’m ready to retire and will be able to spend the time to ponder over my reading of Beachy’s two volume living history.

    Richard Lee Dawley
    Amish Insight
    New Berlin, Wisconsin

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    Jolene Grabill
    Comment on thank you for this important translation (January 2nd, 2013 at 06:15)

    thank you for this important translation

    Mr. Gingerich, I can’t thank you enough for your work translating this important book into English. I have been researching ancestors on both paternal and maternal lines of my family who came from Canton Bern Switzerland and then lived in the Alsace region of France or the Palatinate and all eventually emmigrating to the US or Canada.

    Most notably were my 4th great grandparents John Steiner and his wife Elizabeth Stauffer who married in Alsace in 1814. John was a noncombatant in Napoleon’s army who deserted three times, the first two unsuccessfully and the third time successfully. He met up with his young wife, Elizabeth in Switzherland and from there they emigrated to North America, landing in PA, USA and settling in Kitchener, Ontario then later in Ohio. John and Elizabeth’s son, Abraham, lived his life in Ohio, with Abraham’s son, Johnathan eventually moved west to Kansas where or family has lived ever since. I live in the state capital, Topeka.

    I decided to research John and Elizabeth before going to see the movie Les Miserables, as I wanted a more personal perspective on those times of strife and rebellion in France. I find John and Elizabeth’s life was likely complicated and full of burdens most of us in America can not likely comprehend.

    Your book will likely help me color in many of the details of their life and times and for that, I am most grateful.

    Jolene Grabill (original surname in Switzerland was Krahenbuhl)
    Topeka, Ks.

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      Thomas Kaltenrieder
      Comment on Bern (December 12th, 2013 at 17:50)


      Stauffers are from near Thun/Steffisburg and Steiners from the Emmental and Thun too.

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    John Gingerich
    Comment on Thank You for Your Feedback! (January 2nd, 2013 at 08:00)

    Thank You for Your Feedback!

    Dear Jolene,
    Many Thanks for your kind words. I’m glad you’ve found the book of benefit.

    It might interest you to know that I have in my collection a 1737 Anabaptist Testament that belonged to a Christian Kräinbiel (one of the many forms of Graybill/Grabill/Krahenbuhl, etc), who recorded the birth of son, also named Christian in July 1799.

    Best Regards,
    John Gingerich

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    Annemieke Waite
    Comment on Krahenbuhl (January 22nd, 2013 at 18:02)


    Dear Mr Gingerich

    I have just stumbled upon your website in my search for the history of the Swiss Anabaptists.
    My parents come from a small village in the Netherlands which became the home of about 125 Swiss Anabaptists in 1711, and my mothers family tree is bespeckled with lots of old Swiss names. Her family name is Kraai which may also be from the name Krahenbuhl. Other names in her family tree include Zahler, Stucki and Mayer.

    I would love to know where I can buy a copy of your translation, I do speak reasonable German but not well enough to read the original. I now live in the UK so if you have any suggestions how I can buy a copy of your book I would be very grateful.

    Many thanks
    Annemieke Waite

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      John Gingerich
      Comment on Where to purchase History of the Bernese Anabaptists (January 22nd, 2013 at 21:32)

      Where to purchase History of the Bernese Anabaptists

      Dear Annemieke, thank you for your interest in the book!
      I currently have signed copies listed on Ebay. Just search for “History of the Bernese Anabaptists” and you should be able to find it.
      I hope you find the book of benefit!
      John Gingerich

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        Annemieke Waite
        Comment on Thank you (January 29th, 2013 at 12:15)

        Thank you

        Thank you John, I have just ordered the book and will let you know how I get on with my research.

        Greeting from a wet and windy Bristol!


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    Mona G.
    Comment on GIVEAWAY (January 29th, 2013 at 13:30)


    I would love to win this book also, it sounds very interesting …..

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    Richard Lee Dawley
    Comment on A Memory Renewed (January 29th, 2013 at 19:13)

    A Memory Renewed

    I have two copies of your book, mainly because I was in Eggiwill about 7 years ago that you mention in the book (p. 373, 374, 378) . Also been to Schleitheim in Schauffhausen where the first confession for the Anabaptists was written by Michael Sattler, and his execution site on the Neckar River with an inscription to him chisled in it. Also, Ehrlenbach, birthplace of Jakob Ammann.
    Your book was a refreshing reliving of that trip into history, and the groundswell of the society.
    Spured by that trip, I’ve written and published a total of eight, non-fiction books about my first-hand experiences with the Amish, Mennonites, ahd Hutterites, and sold 8,500 copies to hopefully, educate a fiction-driven readership.
    Thank you for your book.
    Richard Lee Dawley
    Amish Insight
    New Berlin, Wisconsin

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    John Gingerich
    Comment on A Memory Reviewed (January 30th, 2013 at 06:47)

    A Memory Reviewed

    Thank you for your comments, Richard!

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    Diane Sattazahn
    Comment on The Gingrich Family (March 6th, 2018 at 03:58)

    The Gingrich Family

    My grandfather, Ammon Gingrich, is related to three Gingrich brothers, who came to America from Switzerland in the 1700’s. They settled in the Lebanon County, PA area, which was then Lancaster County.The oldest Gingrich relative is my mother, who is Ammon’s daughter, and is 92 years old. Our family would like to have more information about our relatives. Your book seems to have some answers for us. Is your book available anywhere in PA? Thank you for translation that will help many to find answers. Any other help you could give me would be appreciated. Sincerely, Diane Sattazahn
    Lancaster County, PA

    PS My mother always admitted to us that she was ‘stubborn.’ 🙂

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      John Gingerich
      Comment on The Gingerich/Gingrich Family (March 6th, 2018 at 07:50)

      The Gingerich/Gingrich Family

      Hello Diane,
      The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society bookstore should have the book available.
      Thanks for Your Message!
      John Gingerich

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