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Sunday, January 17 “Exploring PA-German Fraktur,” 1 pm Join Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center curator Candace Kintzer Perry for an illustrated lecture on Pennsylvania German decorated manuscripts, commonly known as fraktur. Perry will introduce and define fraktur for those who are unfamiliar with these intriguing cultural artifacts, and also take the audience on a brief journey through the fraktur of Northampton and Lehigh counties. Come prepared for a lively discussion with your questions and comments. Perry is Curator of Collections at the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center in Pennsburg. Included with regular museum admission or $5 donation requested. An exhibit of the NCHGS collection of Pennsylvania-German fraktur and copy books continues till February 14 in the Regional Artists Gallery during regular museum hours. Sigal Museum of the Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society 342 Northampton St. Easton, PA 18042 Ph. 610 253 1222 www.sigalmuseum.org


the Spangenberg fraktur (“the Easton Bible Artist”) – on exhibit at Sigal Museum

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As most of you know, Corinne Pattie Earnest, the driving force behind Russell D. Earnest Associates and The Earnest Archives and Library, died late in May. Patricia Earnest stepped into Corinne’s shoes and will keep the business and the library moving forward.

One of Corinne’s last projects was the Ernst (Earnest) and Pattie Ahnentafel (a genealogical list of “begats” which reads like a phone book). It includes many other surnames related to Ernst and Pattie, such as: Knapp, Osantowski, Toot (Dutt), Weiser, Gibson, Douglas, Watkins, and many others. The 59 page Ernst (Earnest) and Pattie Ahnentafel is now available at $19.95, postage included if ordered from the web site. Otherwise add $3.00 s/h.

As mentioned, Russell D. Earnest Associates remains in business and books listed herein are available. We are putting the finishing touches on The Jungmann Woodblock Fraktur Artist and A Peek At Other Woodblock Artists. We anticipate the book will be available before December.

We would like to thank all of you regarding your kind words in memory of Corinne.

Ernest Pattie Ahnentafel cover

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 RDEARNEST@aol.com