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About the author:
Chris Yoder first became interested in the history of his family when reading his great-grandfather's copy of Decendants of Jacob Hochstetler, learning about the indian massacre of 1757, and his several years of captivity. While Chris and his wife lived near Harrisburg, PA in the early 1970s, he had the opportunity to visit the State Library and Archives and to begin to collect information about his early Yoder ancestors. He first put together a small genealogy for his family in conjunction with the 1976 Bi-Centennial.
In the early 1980s, his family moved to Battle Creek, Michigan, and he started to correspond with Yoder historian Rachel Kreider, who was descended from two sisters of his own great-great grandfather. Rachel introduced him to Ben Yoder of Goshen, IN, a retired school principal who shared his interest in the Yoder family. One day in the spring of 1983, the three of them sat around a kitchen table at Rachel's home and composed the first newsletter.
A lover of mysteries and puzzles, Chris enjoys this never-ending search for clues and he especially enjoys being able to help people unlock the mysteries of their own ancestry.
YODER NEWSLETTER Issues 26 through 50
The Yoder Newsletter began publication in 1983 as a clearing house to gather, share and extend information about the various branches of the Yoder family. Starting with the "Joder" family in Steffisburg, Switzerland in the late 1600s, branches of the family moved through Alsace and the German Palatinate to immigrate to America as early as 1710.
Today there are tens of thousands of "Yoder"s in the U.S.. The number of Americans today who have a Yoder ancestor is likely in the millions.
While "Yoder" is the most common spelling, descendants of the same Swiss family have evolved to spellings such as: Yother, Yothers, Ioder, Jotter, Yotter, Yoter, Joder, and Yoders.
Since 1983, the eight page newsletter has been published twice a year (April and October). What we know and understand about the family and the different immigrant lines and their relationships continues to grow.
After the first 25 issues, we published a consolidated hardcopy volume. Production of this second volume (containing the next 25 issues) has been encouraged and simplified by the availability of on-line "print on demand" technologies, and the volunteer efforts of Mr. Ken Heeter, who painstakingly created the "every name index" for issues 26-50.
We thank all the volunteers and our readers who have made the newsletter possible from the very beginning.
- Publication Date:
- 1502845628 / 9781502845627
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 8.5" x 11"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Reference / Genealogy