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Spokesman for the KET RIG Chapter

Dr. Tim Janzen.  Dr. Janzen grew up on his parents' farm north of Salem, Oregon, where he helped raise strawberries and many other crops.

Dr. Janzen has been active in genealogical research for many
years and has gained an excellent reputation due to his expertise


in Mennonite genealogical research.  He also has an interest in DNA and how it plays a part in genealogical research. You can read about this topic in an article by Dr. Janzen in the June 2007 GRHS Heritage Review.

Dr. Janzen was involved in the creation of the GRANDMA database and continues to be active in keeping it updated with new materials.  Grandma is a genealogical database of people whose Mennonite ancestors originally came from West Prussia and/or Russia. GRANDMA stands for "Genealogical Registry ANnd Database of Mennonite Ancestry."   You can read Dr. Janzensí article about Grandma and the many online Mennonite genealogy resources in the March 2000 issue of Mennonite Life.

Dr. Janzen has also been instrumental in obtaining microfilmed copies of many Mennonite German genealogical records from Russia. He has also spent considerable time transcribing and compiling these records and making them available to other researchers.  A few examples of Timís tireless work can be seen by perusing some of the databases compiled by Dr. Janzen such as the Molotschna School Reigisters from 1853-1884 (not all years are represented) or the Merged 1801 and 1802 Chortitza Colony Census Database which, along with other Mennonite genealogical materials can be found online at the Russian Genealogical Resource Page.