Amish Mennonites of Canada: Genealogical Introductions by Bruce W. Jantzi

These Genealogical Introductions of 128 family names of all the known Amish Mennonite immigrants who settled or passed through Upper Canada (Ontario) in the 1800’s are built upon the research of Lorraine Roth (deceased 2013) of Tavistock, Ontario. Before her death, Lorraine had given Bruce Jantzi a copy of her digital files and permission to update and publish her work as new information is found. 

Bruce Jantzi has been researching his ancestral lines since he was 18 years old. He has had a great interest in family history, especially of the families in, or connected to, the Amish Mennonite churches in Ontario, as well as these families’ genealogical and church roots in Europe. He has been involved with a number of committees which published family histories. Bruce and Ruthann Jantzi and their children have also been involved in establishing Anabaptist churches in Ukraine since 1993.  

In these reformatted and updated documents, attempt has been made to follow the style of Lorraine’s work in including photographs and maps with the text and family charts. Her rule of publishing only ancestral lines which are documented has also been followed. Where tentative or incomplete ancestral lines are given, it is carefully noted. In these Genealogical Introductions, the new research has been added to Lorraine’s work without making distinctions. If a researcher desires to see Lorraine’s original work, we direct such a person to see the paper copies which are kept at the Mennonite Archives of Ontario at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ontario.

We welcome users of this website to copy from these Genealogical Introductions, but we ask that proper attribution is given to the work copied. It is our intent to share this research with others, and we hope that future researchers will share their work with us, especially in establishing further family relationships and further ancestral lines. 

Careful attempts have been made to give proper credits to sources. If there have been oversights or mistakes, we will gladly correct the credit lines in future revisions.

It is our desire that through the reading and studying of the Genealogical Introductions of these Amish Mennonite families, Godly family values will be promoted and our churches will be inspired to build on the foundation of God’s Word.   

Website Usage

  1. We allow users to copy from the Introductions, but since the documents are in a PDF format, the setup will likely be lost when copied and pasted.

    If you would like digital copies of family charts in proper setup from certain Family Genealogical Introductions, contact the compiler at

    Remember to give proper attribution to text and photos copied from these Family Genealogical Introductions.

  2. Not all of the Family Genealogical Introductions are completed and ready to be posted on this website. As the Introductions are updated and reformatted, plans are to post them. If you click on one of the grey buttons in the list of 128 Family Names on the HOME page, no document will appear. This means that the Family Genealogical Introduction has not yet been completed.


If you are researching a family line which has no document attached, you are welcome to send an email to  with questions or requests regarding this family. If I have what you are seeking, I will send it to you.