15 responses to Pennsylvania Amish edge out Ohio in latest Amish population figures
  • I have to say I was surprised by the numbers for Nebraska. (My home state) The last I heard there were just a couple families. Do you know when this boom happened?

  • Kim I don’t have specific information, but to qualify as a settlement, usually it takes only a few families, three for example. There are only 2 districts in Nebraska, and YC has used the low number of 75 members for each, which may be the standard number they’ve applied to new districts/settlements (seeing as they use that # for other states with small populations).

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      Sharon
      Comment on Amish genealogy (February 26th, 2012 at 22:13)

      Amish genealogy

      I have family name NEFF in Sugarcreek Ohio coming from Somerset PA. Also SCHROCK and DOMER. A gg grandfather (NEFF) was a dunkard preacher. Are these family members Amish? If so how can I find out more info for my family genealogy?

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        Porky Jim
        Comment on Geneo-logical Information (February 27th, 2012 at 20:32)

        Geneo-logical Information

        You can get a lot of family tree information at the Amish library in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Those people are very helpful.

  • I’ve noticed that many Amish are moving out of Cattaraugus & Chautauqua counties. Many farms for sale or just standing empty in both counties. I wonder where everyone is going?

  • Kim that is interesting, Karen Johnson-Weiner has a great new book on the New York Amish and I will plan to ask her about that.

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    Any idea as to how many districts go unreported? I know there are Amish located between the Tionesta area and Cook Forest in W. PA that do not show up in the minister’s list in Raber’s Almanac. Are they reported from another source or do they go unrecorded? I would guess there are districts elsewhere that go unreported also.

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    Comment on Pennsylvania Amish edge out Ohio in latest Amish population figures (August 9th, 2010 at 20:34)

    Catching up on your blog tonight, Erik! Always enjoy it. ~Suzanne

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    DennisP
    Comment on Pennsylvania Amish edge out Ohio in latest Amish population figures (August 10th, 2010 at 09:57)

    I believe the report said there were only about 5000 Amish a little over a century ago. I think the report also said only about 100 people had converted to being Amish. My wife and I both wondered about the degree of in-breeding among the contemporary Amish. Would that lead to higher incidence of certain kinds of illnesses?

  • Hi Bill, back from my hiatus here–I am not sure how many go unreported, but do now the Young Center uses a variety of sources, including Raber’s,David Luthy’s Guide, Die Botschaft, and local informants. There are probably a few, but they are pretty thorough.

  • Thanks for checking in Suzanne! Am hard at work on some additions to the site, and because of that the email subscription delivery has been on the fritz. Hope to have that working again soon.

  • Founder effect and genetic disease among Amish

    Dennis, that is correct that there were about 5K Amish circa 1900. I think 100 might be the 20th-century converts but not sure off top of my head. And yes there is a founder effect which leads to higher incidence of certain genetic disorders in some Amish communities. Distant cousins may marry.

    This issue can affect smaller communities in that the young folk have to look further from home for marriage partners, and can even threaten the survival of some smaller communities if there are not enough youth.

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    Slightly-handled-Order-man
    Comment on Pennsylvania Amish edge out Ohio in latest Amish population figures (August 18th, 2010 at 21:48)

    My local paper up here in Canada showed an Old Order person, or couple, in a horse and carriage riding in a parking lot in front of a Wal-Mart Super Centre. The description beneath the picture didn’t say where they were, and the article didn’t touch on the faith, but was about Wal-Mart’s fiances or something. I liked seeing the picture though.

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    Comment on Pennsylvania Amish edge out Ohio in latest Amish population figures (August 20th, 2010 at 20:05)

    SHOM, on Wal-Mart, check out this post, pic #2:

    http://amishamerica.com/buggy-friendly/

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    Porky Jim
    Comment on Wonderings (October 10th, 2011 at 09:10)

    Wonderings

    I was thinking of joining the amish persuasion, but what are their views on musical instruments? I have several guitars.

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