Stephanie Pitcher Fishman, Author

Fiction & Non-Fiction Rooted in Personal Story

Researching the Plain Religions

Researching the Plain Religions
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Series: Quick & Easy Guides for Genealogists, Book 2
Genre: Family History
Tags: Family History, Genealogy, Nonfiction, Quick & Easy Guides for Genealogists
Publisher: Rebecca Hills Books
Publication Year: 2015
Length: 138 pages
ASIN: B00TRNRP1I
ISBN: 151736857X
Plain religions, also called Plain People, are described as being Christian religious sects within the Anabaptist group that follow practices of simple living, separation from the world, and plain dress. Though each are researched following standard practices for church records, it is helpful to know how each community is structured so that the correct records can be located.
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Religions in America vary from structured to relaxed; historical to new age.

Included in this country’s social history are those sects commonly called the “plain religions.” Plain religions, also called Plain People, are described as being Christian religious sects within the Anabaptist group that follow practices of simple living, separation from the world, and plain dress. Examples of plain religions include Amish and Mennonite, Huguenots, Hutterites, and Shakers. Though each are researched following standard practices for church records, it is helpful to know how each community is structured so that the correct records can be located.

This guide will give you the basics of records, research, and terminology for each religious sect. Each section will also include helpful resources such as brief timelines, information on migration patterns, and of course research links to get you started both online and off.

About the Author
Stephanie Pitcher Fishman

Stephanie Pitcher Fishman is an author and professional genealogist specializing in Midwestern and Southeastern United States family history.

She is the author of seven family history research guides in the Legacy QuickGuide series on topics including religious records, census records, and state-specific research techniques. She has also written articles and blog posts for websites such as Archives.com and was a co-founder of The In-Depth Genealogist.

Since then, she’s branched out into fiction rooted in family story. In recent years, she’s also contributed to the chronic illness community by sharing her story and the stories of others dealing with illnesses such as fibromyalgia, anxiety, and more.

Her first novel, Finding Eliza, combines everything that she loves: family history, historical fiction, and strong female characters.

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