A few weeks ago I received a phone call from a relative who lives in Winnipeg. He informed me that he was in the process of writing a family history of the Dyck Family, beginning with my great Grandparents, Peter Dyck and Anna Peters. Both were born in South Russia and came to North America in some of the earlier migrations of Mennonites. He asked me to contribute information and photos from my family.

I have very little information about my Great Grandparents Dyck. Some time ago someone had suggested that some of the Dycks came to Canada through the USA. Recent information received would corroborate that claim. Evidently they lived in Fargo, North Dakota before moving to Nelsonville or Nelson, Manitoba. This community had its beginning about half way between Morden and Miami around 1875. According to the Manitoba Historical Society website, it was bypassed by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1883. As a result people left the community and by 1905 all the buildings were gone.

I would enjoy learning more about my family and others who migrated first to the USA and then to southern Manitoba. Please consider this an invitation to correspond with me on this topic at [email protected]

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About the Author

Barry is the Executive Director of the Mennonite Heritage Village. While he does not consider himself to be a historian, he places a high value on the preservation and interpretation of the Mennonite and pioneer stories that help people of all ages understand and appreciate their heritage. Learn more about the MHV.