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Re: Anabaptists, Mennonite and Amish communities

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From what I remember, pensilvanian Deitsch is rather Rheinisch-Pfälzisch coloured. It's middle-German south of Benrath. That does make it very German, far more so than any kind of Dutch, so very accessible to Swiss-German. :-)
And ja, the Dutch is actually very conservative for vocab also, a common trait with High Alemanic. The Saxon influence on High German didn't do its magic on both of them.
I've encountered several variants. The Rhinelandish-Palatine influence is strong in all of them indeed, but they borrowed from other German dialects too, depending on the period of the immigration, which semms to be a very complicated matter.

I have no idea why the Mennonites in our area in NW Lower Michigan speak a Deitsch that not only uses lots of High-Alemannic words but also sports an intonation that very much reminds me of Bärntüütsch. I read quite a bit of the Pennsilfaanisch Deitsch spoken by Old Order Amish, and it sounds very different, although it is still easy to understand.
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Re: Anabaptists, Mennonite and Amish communities

The AmishAmerica site has a lot of interesting history

This section on Swiss Amish is particularly relevant

http://amishamerica.com/who-are-the-swiss-amish/
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There were of course other places and ways to get into America, after New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore were the largest immigrant harbors, along with harbors in Maine and New England, but even their records are now being made available over the Ellis island site.
Slammer,

You are absolutely right. My branch of the Myers Family came through the port of Philadelphia on the Pink Plaisance on 21 September 1732. The Pink Plaisance was one of William Penn's ships out of Holland. I have a copy of the ship's passenger manifest.

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Thanks Deep Purple. I have bookmarked this site.

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Sublime,

Wow! This should help a lot. Family tradition has it that we came from around Bern.

Thanks so much.

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