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The September 1 issue of the EAL Newsletter is now posted. See how one small broadside provides a shred of evidence about the popularity of nineteenth century German scientist, Alexander von Humboldt, in America. Also, be sure to read the article about "life again" in the market in fraktur.


The new book, His True and Facile Pen: C. H. Balsbaugh and Swatara Brethren Fraktur is now available. This 52-page, color-illustrated book is available for $29.95. To order, click on Store.


We are adding indexes to books we publish to the website. Click on Indexes and check them out. Also, watch the website for more to come!

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.
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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