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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 December issue of the EAL Newsletter is now posted. Read about an official document written about 1843 by fraktur artist Carl Friederich Seyboldt for emigrant Heinrich Amrhein. Amrhein was born in Speckswinkel in today's Germany in 1815. He came to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where he married Catharina Hogentogler. To learn more details about Amrhein's immigration, click Newsletter to the left of your screen.

Also in the EAL Newsletter is an announcement about a book signing for Patricia Earnest Suter, who will be signing publications produced by Russell D. Earnest Associates. The book signing will take place on December 19 at the Biggs Museum in historic downtown Dover, Delaware. To learn more about this, including time and location, click on Newsletter.


The index to the booklet, Dietrichs on Fraktur, is now in the EAL list of indexes to our books. To order Dietrichs on Fraktur, click on STORE.


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

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.

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