The Valley Roundup: Mennonite Historical Society of BC hosts annual genealogy conference again

The front of the Mennonite Heritage Museum in Abbotsford
Exterior of Mennonite Heritage Museum in Abbotsford. Photo courtesy of the Mennonite Museum's website.
Stephen Munga - CIVL - AbbotsfordBC | 03-11-2022
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For the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Mennonite Genealogy Conference is returning to the Mennonite Heritage Museum.

The Mennonite Historical Society of BC was founded on Dec.12, 1972. The society's first goal was to establish a museum displaying life and culture in Russia and Western Canada, along with a collection of artifacts and stories of the past. Their goals have shifted to maintaining and developing a controlled Mennonite archive and research center in the Fraser Valley. The City of Abbotsford has approximately 7,000 Mennonite community members. 

Richard Thiessen, executive director at the Mennonite Heritage Museum, spoke with CIVL on the work it took to create the museum, the GRANDMA project, and the importance of the annual genealogy conferences.

The conference will take place on Friday, Nov. 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information on the Mennonite Historical Society of BC and how to register, visit

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