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Our newsletter - Der Kurier - is published quarterly in March, June, September, and December. It is indexed in the Periodical Source Index by the Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, Indiana .This publication was honored by the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) as one of the winners in the society’s 2014 Excellence-in-Writing Competition. Der Kurier was awarded 2nd place in Category 3 – Genealogy Newsletters.
Members can access a digital version of the current issue and issues from the past five years on the Members page of the website. Older issues beginning in 1982 are available for everyone on the Public Documents tab.
Synopsis of articles in current issue
  • Adding Visual Images to Your Research: German Troops in the American Revolution, Dr Kenneth W. Heger, Ph.D.
All students of American history have heard the term Hessians, associating it with a wing of the British forces fighting the American Continental Army. Using German troops to augment their own forces was common practice among the European powers. There were approximately 29,875 German troops serving with the British during the American Revolution. The six postcards accompanying this article serve as useful illustrations for anyone whose ancestor served in one of these German units or whose patriot ancestor fought against them. They show the uniforms the Germans wore, and equipment various units used. The cards also demonstrate why you should always look at a postcard’s back. The reverse sides of these cards contain great information about the organization, giving you a chance to see the unit’s look and learn about its service during the Revolution.
  • German Origin Clues in Cleveland Lutheran Church Records, Bob Greiner
Greiner takes us through his experience using the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church records while searching for a German immigrant Cleveland, Ohio. The records included family information, dates of birth and death, baptism records, marriage records, as well as peoples' German hometowns. Greiner ultimately used these detailed records to identify regional families to create the Cleveland Trinity family book. Records of German congregations in the United States have the potential to provide detailed information about the origin of German immigrants. Those details could be the key to finding the Heimat (hometown) of your ancestor. In some serendipitous instances you may discover that the records provide evidence for the immigration of a larger group of people. That was the case for Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Two Short Examples of Reading German, Dr. Kenneth W. Heger, Ph.D. & Debra A. Hoffman, PLCGS
Dr. Heger gives readers an opportunity to practice reading German script using examples. The document provided is a note from the German legation in Washington, D.C., to the Department of State, and it is filled with useful information. It contains data on a veteran’s place of birth, his military service, his admission to the Government Hospital for the Insane in Washington, D.C., otherwise known as St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, and it mentions his mother’s name, a woman still living in Germany. Every family historian will see the value of this note and the importance of learning to read older German script to ensure that you can find all this vital information. Test yourself and evaluate how well you do. Dr. Heger and Hoffman also provide a similar exercise with a postcard, which has a German description along with a translation into English.
  • How to Get Research Help at FamilySearch.org, Becky Adamson, AG®
FamilySearch.org is designed to help people worldwide discover their family’s history through its website and mobile apps. Many researchers are aware that FamilySearch provides billions of online records and indexes but are not aware of their complementary research help. By registering for an account, users may access these free, non-obligatory resources. Readers can follow the links provided to use these resources that will help break through the brick walls found in every family tree.
Synopsis of articles in recent issues
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Submissions to Der Kurier
Articles concerning Germanic genealogy and heritage in the Mid-Atlantic region are welcome, as are "Letters to the Editor." Research articles should document conclusions with appropriate citation of primary sources.
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December 1 October
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