By James M. Beidler
I think you’ll all believe me when I tell you that I’ve seen my fair share of family history books. As a matter of fact, I’ve seen the proverbial good, bad, and ugly of the genre in more than 30 years of genealogy work. But if there’s a more well done one than S. Nicholas “Nic” Stoltzfus’s German Lutherans to Pennsylvania Amish: The Stoltzfus Family Story (Masthof Press, 2019), I haven’t seen it.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the family’s six generation story is a compelling one. While they came to America as persecuted Amish headed by immigrant Nicholas Stoltzfus, just a couple of generations deep in Europe they not only belonged to the mainline, established Lutheran church but the line had included a father and son who were university-educated pastors.
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