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April Issue of Der Anzeiger

The latest issue of Missouri German Consortium‘s new e-journal, Der Anzeiger is out!  With subscribers from all across the U.S., Germany, and Europe, readers are giving great reviews!

Here are some of the interesting stories in this issue….

Missouri: A German State in America

In the aftermath of 1789, when the French Revolution had been inspired by its predecessor in America, a worldwide desire for freedom and democracy was sparked. Germans observed these profound movements for social and political change in America and France and grew increasingly restless. Having suffered for decades from overpopulation, famine, rising taxes, and oppressive rulers, Germans as well felt change was needed.  Numerous movements mushroomed which espoused more liberal thinking: Friedrich Ludwig Jahn founded the Turnverein, students in Giessen, Erlangen, Marburg, Erfurt, Leipzig and elsewhere joined fraternities like the Giessen Blacks, and people everywhere increasingly struggled to bring about change….

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Another article is a translation by Dr. Steven Rowan of the Constitution and Statutes of the Giessen Emigration Society written by the groups founders Friedrich Muench and Paul Follenius explaining their plans….


The Call and Declaration on the subject of mass emigration from Germany to the North American Free States was printed at Ricker Publishing house in Giessen, Germany in the spring of 1833.  It was read in Hesse, Saxony, Thuringia and Bavaria without much publicity, just secretly passed along, and sold by select discreet booksellers. But the readership proved to be both widespread and enthusiastic.  This was astonishing to its authors, Friedrich Muench and Paul Follenius, who soon published two further editions.

Friedrich Muench wrote “such that we had gathered considerable participation and then published the Society’s statutes. It was excellently received, and encouraged us to become bold; thousands wanted to join us, and to help with the plans necessary for the realization. This certainly would have happened, had everything gone according to our expectations.”

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Also included are

  • Franz Schwarzer….. the Zither King of Washington, Missouri 
  • The St. Louis Liederkranz…. the oldest west of the Mississippi
  • Truth or Fiction?  Did German Almost Become America’s National Language?

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German Genealogy Course offered

This intense 15 hour evening course, which is 2.5 hours for each of  6 evenings, is offered by the City of St. Charles Adult & Career Education Department, in St. Charles, Missouri, beginning on Monday, April 13th at 6pm in the Hardin Middle School (1950 Elm Street, 63301). A most comprehensive course designed for those wanting to understand, find,  follow and make connections to their ancestors from Germany.

The class begins with a special evening with the instructor in the Missouri History Museum on Tuesday, April 14th and a tour of the

Utopia - Revisiting a German State in America
Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America

exhibit Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America. Instructor Dorris Keeven-Franke has an extensive background as a professional Genealogist, consultant, and education. The classes will cover:

  • Starting with what you know. Before you can do German
    He married and tried to build a life after University
    He married and tried to build a life after University

    genealogical research you have to understand the basic precepts of genealogy. Class participants will examine what they have compiled, its accuracy, and what is necessary to cross the pond. A review of German emigration over the past 3 centuries, ports of entry and historical events will be also be covered. Migration patterns will be covered.

  • Clues to your past. Each participant will learn all the ways to obtain information on their emigrants place of origin. Class will imagecover the history of both Germany and the United States and how it has affected the emigration/immigration rise and falls over the past 3 centuries. Historical facts about your ancestor’s life will be helpful.
  • German Emigration Applications and American Naturalization laws. Over the centuries, the laws affecting both of these have changed. Historical events such as emigration books and wars have also had a role. If your ancestor emigrated in the 18th century he will have left for a different reason than one in the 20th century.
  • Ships, Ship lists and stowaways. Laws and regulations on both sides of the pond played a role in emigration practices. imageThere are several sources for such lists, and one needs to know what is available both in print and on the web. Also a look at what may have prevented an emigrant from ever being found on those lists.
  • Records, records, where are the records? We will examine what kinds of records still exist in Germany. Both Church and Civil Records will be covered. Obtaining professional genealogical help in Germany from researchers and archivists, how to locate and pay for those services. Old handwriting and translation services will also be covered. Family Stammbuchs/Family histories that already cover your past generations.
  • Success! By putting it all together participants will learn where their family came from in Germany and if there are further sources of information available. Planning a family heritage tour to Germany will be covered, whether doing it on your own or using one of the many professional services available today. Finding your family in Germany brings rich rewards to several generations. Brainstorming sessions will wrap up the class sessions.

Classes are limited so register today!  Discounts may apply!

To register call (636) 443-4043 or email at