07 February 2014

Follow Friday: FrankenGen Blog

St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, Frankenmuth Michigan
Photo Credit:  By Jakebelder at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Recently, Mary Bernthal started blogging at FrankenGen.  Mary's blog is a wonderful look at the genealogy of the Saginaw Valley's Franconian Settlement. Four colonies from Franconia, Bavaria, Germany settled in the Saginaw Valley in Michigan:  Frankenmuth, Frankentrost, Frankenlust and Frankenhilf.  Frankenmuth is called "Michigan's Little Bavaria" and Frankenmuth means courage of the Franconians.

FrankenGen is a place for resources, stories, history, and genealogy of this area. The area, especially Frankenmuth, is rich in history. Mary plans to share her knowledge about German Lutheran Genealogy in the American Midwest with her readers also.

I have lived in Michigan all my life and Frankenmuth is one of my all-time favorites Michigan cities to visit.  I look forward to reading more about the genealogy and history of the area.  I already have expanded my knowledge of the area by reading her blog.

Check out a few of my favorite posts on her blog:

FrankenGen is a well written blog and one that I hope you will read regularly.  A list of surnames Mary is researching is included.  Mary is participating in some of the geneabloggers themes too.  Whether you have Franconian ancestors or not, check FrankenGen out, you won't be disappointed.



  1. Wow - thanks you, Brenda! I'm very flattered by your recommendation of my blog. I'm learning a lot from your blog , as well - you've set a high bar!

  2. You were deserving of the recognition. I would not have a blog like I have without the support of other geneabloggers. You are off to an excellent start.