ASA and Earnest Archives and Library Host New Webinar Series on German Fraktur and Broadsides

March 14, 2023

ASA and The Earnest Archives and Library have partnered together to host a new webinar series on German Fraktur and Broadsides. 

Many pieces of German Fraktur are sold as decorative pieces, but most go unnoticed as pieces of German heritage and culture. As appraisers, you should be able to recognize what you are looking at. Learn to identify and define Pennsylvania German Fraktur & Broadsides in this new two-part webinar series.

The first of two webinars, An Overview of Pennsylvania German Fraktur, will air June 15, 2023 from 1:00pm -2:00pm ET and will explore the definition of Fraktur and how it pertains to its history in North America while addressing common misconceptions. This course will discuss the difference between the term used in German-speaking Europe versus North America.

The final webinar, An Overview of Pennsylvania German Broadsides, will air July 20, 2023 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET and will identify the German Broadside. This course will discuss the print houses of the culture as compared to the smaller, usually rural, presses. The subject matter important to the culture which influenced the printing will be discussed and compared to developments in America.

Both webinars will be presented by Russell Earnest and Patricia Earnest Suter. Russell and his late wife, Corinne founded Earnest Archives and Library in 1971 and have recorded more than 40,000 fraktur and bible records since. Patricia, Russell and Corinne’s daughter, operates Russell D. Earnest Associates/Earnest Archives and Library, a collection of Pennsylvania German documents.


Registration is available online at and or (800) 272-8258.




Since 1971, Russ and Corinne Earnest have recorded more than 40,000 fraktur and Bible records, most of which are inaccessible to genealogists. Their mission at the Earnest Archives and Library is to share information from fraktur and broadsides through their publications and public speaking presentations. Visit their website to learn more: or call (302) 359-2820.