04 April


Do you have a “plain religion” in your family tree?

By Stephanie Pitcher Fishman methods, Religious Records 1 Comment



Plain religions are those that have simple practices: simple living, simple dress, and separation from the world. Religious sects such as the Amish, Mennonite, Huguenots, Hutterites, and Shakers are all part of this group. Do you know what makes each of these groups unique, or how to integrate them into your research should you find them in your family tree? This new guide will help! I’ve pulled together everything you’ll need to get your research started. Learn about the history, migrations, record sets, and unique aspects of the religious groups listed above. You’ll find links, tips, and tricks to get you started. I’ve even included book titles and free Google Books to give you more background on the life that your ancestors may have experienced. And, this guide is only $2.95! Add it to your research toolbox today!


From Legacy Family Tree:

Part of the social history of the United States are groups called the “Plain Religions.” Also called “Plain people,” these are described as being Christian religious sects that follow practices of simple living, separation from the world, and plain dress. Examples include Amish, Mennonite, Huguenots, Hutterites, and Shakers. Although standard research practices for church records often apply, learn how each community is structured to improve genealogical research for ancestors in these groups.
The Researching the Plain Religions Legacy QuickGuide™ contains useful information including a review of Plain Religion practices which impacted record keeping as well as resources for researching your Plain Religion ancestors. Utilize this handy 4-page PDF guide on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.
While you’re looking at the Researching the Plain Religions QuickGuide, take a peek at my other research guides available at Legacy Family Tree:

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  • Sharon

    7 June 2013 Reply

    I have been researching Quakers in Limerick for the last few months, a very interesting and enterprising group of people.

    I have not come across any “plain people” in my research of Limerick.
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