German Immigrants in American Church Records, Volume 1A: Indiana North Protestant


Dr. Minert and a team of researchers at BYU are currently involved in a project wherein they read and extract Americans' German vital records from historic local church vital records. These church records often pinpoint German origins in the "old country." Places and dates of birth, marriage, and previous residence in Germany are commonly found in these records. Dr. Minert estimates that 65-76 percent of historic local church records give an immigrant's exact place of birth. Entries found in the volumes include people born in Switzerland. A 3702 surname Index, compiled from 14,959 entries, is contained in this book.

Typical entries from the St. John's United Church of Christ, Michigan City, Indiana are as follows:

  • Karl Ludwig Krueger b. Passow, Pomern 19 Oct 1835; d. Michigan City, IN 7 June 1897, age 61-7-19; bur. Michigan City 10 June 1897; m. Marie Zorn. Ref: p. 4:360.
  • Johann Wueding b. Brüz, Mecklenburg-Schwerin 25 June 1821; d. Michigan City, IN 15 June 1897, age 75-11-15; bur. Michigan City 17 June 1897. Ref: p. 4:360.
  • Martin Harbart b. Ossowke, Westpreußen Oct 1829; d. Michigan City, IN 24 June 1897, age 67-8-0; bur. Michigan City 27 June 1897. Ref: p. 4:360.
  • Mathilde Schroeder b. Schneidemühl, Posen 5 Nov 1847; d. Michigan City, IN 10 July 1897, age 49-8-5; bur. Michigan City 12 July 1897; m. Conrad Schröder. Ref: p. 4:360.

This volume includes church vital records from the following seven Indiana counties:

  • DeKalb
  • Elkhart
  • LaPorte
  • Marshall
  • St. Joseph
  • Tippecanoe
  • Wells

Churches indexed in this volume:

  • Garrett: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Goshen: Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Lafayette: St. James Lutheran Church
  • LaPorte: German Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Madison Twp., St. Joseph Co.: St. John United Church of Christ and Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church
  • Michigan City: St. John’s United Church of Christ, St. Paul's Lutheran Church
  • Mishawaka: St. Andrew’s United Church of Christ, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
  • Ossian: Bethlehem Lutheran Church
  • Plymouth: First United Church of Christ
  • South Bend: St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, St. Peter’s German Evangelical Lutheran Reformed Church, Zion United Church of Christ

Roger Minert

(2015), 2021, cloth, 578 pp.

ISBN: 9781628593105