I’ve been looking forward to this new addition to Amish America for a long time.  Various questions seem to recur on Amish topics.  I thought it might be nice to put together a resource to try to answer some of those questions.

The Amish Online Encyclopedia (AOE) covers a variety of subjects including Amish culture, beliefs, the different Amish affiliations, occupations, education, transportation, and so on.

amish online encyclopedia

After much work, we’re launching the AOE with 75 articles currently available.  Topics covered include “Who are the Swiss Amish?“; “Do Amish vaccinate their children?“; “Where do Amish go shopping?“; “What are common Amish names?“; and “How are Amish communities organized?“.  With more to come.

Answers are based on academic research as well as Amish input. There’s a list of sources for more information at the end of each entry.  You can search in 3 ways-alphabetically, by general topic, or by scrolling down the main index.

I hope you find it useful.  If so, please feel free to share the AOE with others.  It’s the first of a few new additions planned to Amish America.

Also, you also may notice the blog looks a bit different now.  I am battling a bit with a new layout, and particularly if you are viewing this in Internet Explorer, you may notice a few design errors, ie, in the comments section.  Hope to have those resolved soon.  Thanks for the patience.

I’m happy to hear your feedback on any and all of the above!

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