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Frakturs: American Folk Art with Genealogical Clues

"American folk art has become more and more popular over the years, and frakturs have become a particular favorite among collectors," wrote Myra Vanderpool Gormley. "These illustrated manuscripts, which are drawn with pen and ink and embellished with vivid colors, are not just nice to look at—they can provide a wealth of genealogical information to researchers. Important historical details often documented in frakturs include family names, relationships, dates, and locations." Read the article in full at

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