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The June 1 issue of the EAL Newsletter is now posted. To read about the future of fraktur studies, simply click on Newsletter. Also, a list of institutions with fraktur and Pennsylvania German broadside collections can be found in the June 1 issue.

God Bless This House: The Printed House Blessings (Haus-Segen) of the Pennsylvania Germans 1780-1921 is now available. For more about this new book, click on Newsletter to see the March 1 issue of the EAL Newsletter. The 128-page, softcover God Bless This House has 78 color illustrations and costs $39.95 (shipping is free when ordered from the website). To order, click on Store.
The ALL NEW The Forgotten Nephew: D.E. Lick and Old Stumpstown is now available. This book illustrates in black & white, documents collected by David Ellsworth "D.E." Lick (1863-1938) of Stumpstown (today's Fredericksburg) in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. D.E. Lick was the nephew of James Lick (1796-1876) of San Francisco, California, fame. The Forgotten Nephew presents selected papers from D.E. Lick's collection, and shows how they relate to 18th and 19th century local history. The Forgotten Nephew costs $26.50. To order, click on the EAL website Store.

Two indexes to the NEW book, Forty-Two Acres Divided: The Far Flung Family of David Weber/Weaver (1762-1842) of Lancaster and Juniata Counties, Pennsylvania have now been posted. This book features a 1907 broadside that illustrates how David Weber's family scattered throughout the U.S. This Mennonite family gathered a group of documents that offers details about the life of David Weber and his family. Many of these documents are illustrated in Forty-Two Acres Divided. To view the lists of names in this book, click on Indexes. To order Forty-Two Acres Divided, click on the EAL Store.

The EAL Newsletter is published quarterly on March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1. Go to Newsletter Subscriptions to subscribe.

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