Wisconsin probably has their own reginal Amish newletter(s) or small paper but I don’t know the name of it/them. The main Amish papers, Die Botschaft & The Budget. Neither of these two will have any link to read online. They are not like the English newspapers that list National/local/sports/weather in them rather they are notes from each community as to what is going on. A typical one will list what the weather is doing, what they are planting or harvesting, where gmay (church) was held last time and where it will be the next time “Lord willing.” Then they will list people that attended gmay, or a wedding, if someone is sick or fell from a roof or was kicked by a horse, or had a snake come in their house. Some of the writers are fun to read because of their style of writing.
Was there anything specific you hope to see in the paper?
8. Amish people do not have birth certificates or social security cards. This is because Amish babies are born at home and within the Amish community so they see no need for either of these documents. When an Amish member chooses to leave their Amish community and live in the modern world, individuals are met with a great challenge since they have no proof of citizenship, no way to get a legal job or a driver’s license. Former Amish then, are left with few options other than being relegated to menial, low paying illegal work for which they receive no benefits.
The question is frequently asked why the Amish in Europe have completely lost their identity as Amish, while they at the same time survived in America as a group with a distinct and separate culture. (All the Amish in Europe have been assimilated into the Mennonite, Protestant, and Catholic religions.) The reason is not hard to see. The Amish Mennonites in Europe never lived in compact settlements. The scarcity of purchasable land prevented them from forming primary community groupings, since families who fled from one place to another rented or purchased property wherever they were given asylum. Each Amish family became a social unit unto itself, and geographic distance made intercourse between Amish families difficult. As family units (as against community in the New World) the Amish were in an unfavorable position to withstand the pressure toward conformity to the general culture and to European governments in their programs of national unification. However, the European Amish did earlier have a strong sense of separation from the world and its culture in general.