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The Heart of the Taufschein: Fraktur and the Pivotal Role of Berks County, Pennsylvania by - Russel Earnest, Corinne Earnest


Taufscheine (plural of Taufschein) are the 18th and 19th century decorated baptism certificates made by and for Pennsylvania Germans (Pennsylvania Dutch). These colorful documents are genealogist’s delight. Unlike other records of the period, Taufscheine includes mothers’ maiden names and often the names of her parents.

Appreciated for their imaginative artwork, Taufscheine are a crucial addition to researchers of German heritage. This book tells the history of these genealogically rich documents.

Chapters devoted to major fraktur artists include Daniel Schumacher, Henrich Otto, Friedrich Krebs, and Johann Valentin Schuller.


Hardcover, 302 pages. Over 200 colour illustrations.

The Heart of the Taufschein - Russel Earnest, Corinne Earnest


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