When searching for vital statistics, see also Birth, Baptism, Marriage and Death Records.

Newspapers are located in the Milton Good Library and searchable through the library catalogue.

Selected Mennonite and Amish Newspapers with Canadian Content

Die Mennonitische Rundschau (1880-2007)
Die Mennonitische Rundschau served Russian Mennonite communities in the United States and Canada. 

  • Milton Good Library holdings are not complete. Some issues are available on microfilm (call number: G MIC A283); some are available in print form (call number: BX 8101 .M483). Microfilm holdings between 1880 and 1993 are also available online.
  • An index is available in the Library and online.
    (call number: Reference BX 8101.M483 Index)

The Canadian Mennonite (1953-1971)
The first national Canadian Mennonite newspaper in English.

Mennonite Reporter (1971-1997)
The Reporter succeeded The Canadian Mennonite as a national Canadian Mennonite newspaper.

  • Print copies are available at the Milton Good Library (call number: BX 8101.C27)
  • Annual indexes are located at the back of each print volume. Mennonite Reporter is indexed in the Canadian Business & Current Affairs database (1990-1997 only).

Canadian Mennonite (1997-present)
This magazine succeeded Mennonite Reporter as a national Canadian Mennonite newspaper, primarily serving the Mennonite Church Canada constituency.

  • The Canadian Mennonite obituaries and death notices index : obituaries and death notices, 1953-1971 : death notices, 1997-2002 / indexed by Dolores Harder 
  • Canadian Mennonite is indexed and full text provided in the Canadian Business & Current Affairs database (1997-present). This database can be accessed at the Milton Good Library.
  • Print copies of Canadian Mennonite are located in the Milton Good Library (call number: BX 8107.C28)
  • The magazine is available online through its website (2004-present).

Herald of Truth, Gospel Witness, Gospel Herald, The Mennonite, Mennonite Weekly Review
These Mennonite newspapers, published in the United States, include Canadian content.

  • Mennobits / compiled by Mennonite Church USA Historical Committee
    A research site for those interested in Amish and Mennonite families. This site contains obituaries from the Herald of Truth (1864-1908), the Gospel Witness (1905-1908), and the Gospel Herald (1908-1998), the weekly newspapers of the Mennonite Church (MC) in North America. In addition, obituaries from The Mennonite (1998-) have been added, as well as a few from the Mennonite Weekly Review.
  • Gospel Herald and The Mennonite are available in digital form through the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary Library.
  • Most of these newspapers are available in microfilm or print from at the Milton Good Library. Check the library catalogue for details.

Der Bote (1924-2008)
A German language Mennonite newspaper, primarily for Russian Mennonite readers.

  • Published under the titles Mennonitische Immigranten-Bote (1924), Der Bote (1925-1947), Der Bote und Chritlicher Bundesbote (1947-1955), and Der Bote (1956-2008)
  • An index of the entire publication (1924-2008) is available in print form at the Milton Good Library (call number: BX 8101.B6 index). Death notices and obituaries are indexed in the Der Bote Obituaries/Death Notices Index.
  • Issues are available at the Milton Good Library in microfilm and/or print form (call numbers: BX 8101.B6; G MIC A273)
  • Christlicher Bundesbote was published separately from 1882-1947 (call number: G MIC A325)

Mennonite Brethren Herald (1962-present)
A national newspaper serving the Mennonite Brethren constituency in Canada.

  • Print copies of Mennonite Brethren Herald are available at the Milton Good Library (call number: BX 8101.M392)
  • An electronic version (1962-1915) is available for use in the Library. This version is keyword searchable.
  • An online version is available on their website. (2003-present)

Gospel Banner (1878-1969)
The newspaper of the Mennonite Brethren in Christ/United Missionary Church.

  • Most copies available on microfilm at the Milton Good Libary (call number: G MIC A343); some print copies available (call number: BX 9889.A1 G6)
  • An index is available for Library use on CD-ROM (call number: BX9889.A1 G6 Index)

The Budget (1890- ), Die Botschaft (1975- ), The Diary (1969-  )
These are Amish newspapers.

  • Copies are available at the Milton Good Library
  • The Ohio Amish Library has scanned these newspapers and made them fully searchable. Contact them for a research quote.

Ontario Community Newspapers Online (non-Mennonite)

Ontario Online Historical Newspapers Summary


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