Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Love & Marriage: Frakturs from the National Archives

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Illustrated family record (Fraktur) found in Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant Application File R9408, for Samuel Shade, Pennsylvania., ca. 1800 - ca. 1900

Frakturs are elaborate illustrated family records usually made in Pennsylvania German communities. They are equivalent to modern birth, marriage, & death certificates. They were often created by professional artists or by pastors living in the town, & became treasured family heirlooms. The National Archives has over a hundred of these rare & sought-after examples of folk art. Following the Revolutionary War, the government offered pensions to widows who could prove their relationship to a veteran of the war. These handmade family treasures were sent to the government to support Revolutionary War Pension applications.

Illustrated family record (Fraktur) found in Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant Application File W15956, for James Runnals, New Hampshire., ca. 1800 - ca. 1900

Illustrated family record (Fraktur) found in Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant Application File W3079, for Philip Frey, Pennsylvania., ca. 1800 - ca. 1900

Illustrated family record (Fraktur) found in Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant Application File W4435, for Thomas Ford, New Jersey., ca. 1800 - ca. 1900

Illustrated family record (Fraktur) found in Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant Application File R7532, for John Moyer, Maryland., ca. 1800 - ca. 1900

Illustrated family record (Fraktur) found in Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant Application File R8078, for John George Peiffer, Pennsylvania., ca. 1800 - ca. 1900

Illustrated family record (Fraktur) found in Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant Application File R8260, for Thomas Pinkham, New Hampshire., ca. 1800 - ca. 1900

Illustrated family record (Fraktur) found in Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant Application File W14231 for Nathaniel Bangs, Massachusetts., ca. 1800 - ca. 1900

Illustrated family record (Fraktur) found in Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant Application File W15456, for David Watson, New Hampshire., ca. 1800- ca. 1900

Illustrated family record (Fraktur) found in Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant Application File W19392, for Ebenezer Spencer, New Hampshire., ca. 1800 - ca. 1900

Illustrated family record (Fraktur) found in Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant Application File W25687, for Colin McLachlan, Connecticut., ca. 1800 - ca. 1900

Illustrated family record (Fraktur) found in Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant Application File W26600, for Ezekiel Osborn, Connecticut., ca. 1800 - ca. 1900