German Immigrants In American Church Records - Vol. 12: Illinois Central

German Immigrants In American Church Records - Vol. 12: Illinois Central

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German Immigrants In American Church Records - Vol. 12: Illinois Central; Roger Minert; 2012; Reprinted October 2020; Hard Cover; Acid-Free Paper; 608 pp; ISBN: 978-1-62859-321-1; Item #: FR0592. 

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.

Typical entries from the St. James Lutheran Church, of Quincy Illinois are as follows:

Hermann Heinrich Kerker b. Jöllenbeck, Westfalen 10 Oct 1804 (calculated); d. Quincy, IL 15 Jan 1899, age 94-3-5; bur. Quincy 18 Jan 1899. Ref: p. 3:354.
Anna Friederike Goessling b. Herford, Westfalen 7 Sept 1860 (calculated); d. Quincy, IL 7 Feb 1899, age 38-5-0; bur. Quincy 10 Feb 1899. Ref: p. 3:354.
Anna Friederike - - b. Herford, Westfalen 1 Oct 1840 (calculated); d. Quincy, IL 18 Feb 1899, age 58-4-17; bur. Quincy 20 Feb 1899; m. - - Pankoke. Ref: p. 3:354.
Johann Heinrich Wallenbrock b. Preußen 5 May 1830 (calculated); d. Quincy, IL 25 March 1899, age 68-10-20; bur. Quincy 28 March 1899. Ref: p. 3:355.
Wilhelmine Henriette Mueller b. Lippe (principality) 26 Jan 1817 (calculated); d. Quincy, IL 11 April 1899, age 82-2-16; bur. Quincy 13 April 1899. Ref: p. 3:355.

The Records are from the following Missouri counties:

  • Adams
  • Cass
  • Champaign
  • Douglas
  • Logan
  • Mason
  • Morgan
  • Sangamon
  • Shelby
  • Vermillion

The follow is the table of contents (excluding page numbers) for the volume.


  • Map of Illinois
    Map of Central Illinois: Churches included in this volume
    How to Use This Book
    Sample Entries from Central Illinois Protestant Church Records 
    German Immigrants in Central Illinois Protestant Churches
    1. Arthur: Zion’s Evangelical and Reformed Church
    2. Bishop: St. John’s Lutheran Church
    3. Burton: St. Matthew’s Church
    4. Champaign: St. Peter’s Evangelical Church
    5. Chapin: St Paul’s Lutheran Church
    6. Coatsburg: St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
    7. Danville: Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church
    8. Danville: Kimber Methodist Episcopal Church
    9. Emden: St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    10. Fowler: St. Paul’s Evangelical Church
    11. Gifford: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
    12. Havana: St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
    13. Lincoln: Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church
    14. Newman: Methodist Episcopal Church
    15. Newmansville: Mt. Zion Congregation
    16. Philo: Zion’s Lutheran Church
    17. Quincy: St. James Lutheran Church
    18. Quincy: St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
    19. Quincy: St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
    20. Rantoul: American Lutheran Church
    21. San Jose: St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
    22. Shelbyville: St. John’s Lutheran Church
    23. Springfield: Kumler United Methodist Church 
    24. Tuscola: Immanuel Lutheran Church
    25. Tuscola: Macedonia Lutheran Church
    Every Name Index