Begin your search by selecting from one of the options in the menu above. To return to the MHC homepage, click the "Mennonite Heritage Center" banner.
The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Moyer family will return records associated with Moyer OR family). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "Doylestown Mennonite Church"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.
Search by Term is a quick way to search through our catalog records without having to know exactly what terms are in the collection. Click on a letter to see the people or terms that match your search.
The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results. For example, searching Book in the People field will bring up any records associated with a member of the Book family, without having to sift through all the books in the library. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.
The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.
The catalog buttons can also help narrow down your search, by only searching with a selected catalog. If you only want to search for Photos, click the Photos button and type in your keyword(s) or phrase. You can also browse records within that catalog without performing a search. Phrase searching, wildcards (*) as well as AND/OR statements are available when performing catalog searches.
If you have additional information or a comment about a particular record or image, please let us know. At the top of each record page, there is a Send Us Feedback button where you can easily email us your comments. Thank you in advance for your feedback!