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On March 9, PCN-TV aired an interview with Russell and Corinne Earnest about The Heart of the Taufschein: Fraktur and the Pivotal Role of Berks County, Pennsylvania. To learn more about fraktur, and in particular Taufscheine (birth and baptism certificates), you can see the interview by clicking on this link: http://pcntv.com/2014/01/07/march-9-pa-books-the-heart-of-the-taufschein/

The March 2014 issue of the quarterly online EAL Newsletter is now posted. Read how so much history can be found on a single eighteenth century document concerning a land transaction in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Click on Newsletters to find the March 2014 issue.

Volume 7 of Klaus Stopp's monumental study of 18th and 19th century fraktur birth and baptism certificates printed for the German American market is NOW AVAILABLE. This hardcover, 184-page book has more than 100 color pictures and costs $75. To order, click on Store, and look for New Releases.

The index to the seventh volume of The Printed Birth and Baptismal Certificates of the German Americans is now in the list of indexes to books published by Russell D. Earnest Associates. Click on Indexes to find this index and others so you can search for your family names.

Everyname indexes to Kerns on Fraktur and Kramers on Fraktur have now been posted. Click on Indexes to view. To purchase these booklets, go the Fraktur and Families Series of books in EAL Store.


The Heart of the Taufschein: Fraktur and the Pivotal Role of Berks County, Pennsylvania
is now available. This 302-page hardcover book is beautifully illustrated with 200 color examples of fraktur, and costs $69.95. To order, visit our Store and click on "new releases."


The new and expanded second edition of The Genealogist's Guide to Fraktur: For Genealogists Researching Families of German Heritage is now available. This 60-page, softcover book costs $19.95, plus $4 shipping. Order from our web site and shipping is free ! To order, visit our Store and click on "new releases."

magine finding your ancestor’s birth and baptism certificate hanging on the wall of a museum! If you have Pennsylvania German heritage, your ancestor’s decorated “fraktur” might be in a museum or proudly featured in a book about American folk art.

Fraktur are 18th and 19th century decorated manuscripts and printed forms made by and for Pennsylvania Germans (often called Pennsylvania Dutch). Most are birth and baptism certificates made in southeastern Pennsylvania or anywhere Pennsylvania Germans settled. Collectively called fraktur, these manuscripts are America’s equivalent to monastic manuscript art of medieval Europe. As a whole, they represent a wonderful body of personal records and primary sources often overlooked by family historians.

Since 1971, Russ and Corinne Earnest have recorded more than 40,000 fraktur and Bible records, most of which are inaccessible to genealogists.

Our mission at the Earnest Archives and Library is to share genealogical data from fraktur through our publications, public speaking presentations, and the EAL Newsletter. Be sure to check our newsletter frequently for updates. For a free catalog of books on fraktur, write Russell D. Earnest Associates, PO Box 1132, Clayton DE 19938 or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it