California Mennonite Historical Society

GRANDMA CD-ROM Project: Overview


GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) is a project of the California Mennonite Historical Society's Genealogy Project Committee. Distributed on CD-ROM or through an online subscription, the current version 7 of the database contains genealogical information about over 1.2 million individuals, most of whose ancestral lines can be traced to Mennonite communities in Poland and Russia. Not merely a list of individual people, entries in GRANDMA are linked by relationship (to the extent we can determine this). Various reports can be generated from the data, including ancestry, descendancy, and relationship calculations.

The database on CD, which consists of genealogical data files in Brother's Keeper and gedcom formats, is designed to be used with existing commercial genealogy software programs. We strongly recommend Brother's Keeper, which is distributed as shareware on the CD-ROM. The database may be used with other programs capable of importing gedcom files, though many of these programs cannot import databases as large as GRANDMA. A zipped copy of the gedcom file is available on the CD. The online subscription does not require any additional software.

The database may be also be accessed by the public at the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies in Fresno, California. There is no charge for using the database in the Center; printouts of ancestor charts and family group charts are available for 25 cents/page. Contact Kevin Enns-Rempel for more information about accessing the database if you are unable to visit the Fresno Center. Mail, phone, or e-mail requests for information from the database will be charged a $5.00 fee, plus 25 cents/page for printouts.

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Last modified:9/25/2012