At the center of the early German community in Maryland was their church.  The church was the meeting place, not only to practice your faith, but to maintain your culture.  The church was the center of many of our ancestors' social lives.  Many of the early churches provided the immigrants with the service in their native tongue.  As you will see many of these churches maintained a German service and later added English services.  Estimates put early populations as one third Catholic and two thirds Protestant, primarily Lutheran and Reformed.  Zion Church in the City of Baltimore continues to offer a German service each Sunday morning.

In the first decade of the 1900s, 30 churches offered services in German. 
In 1929 there were 22 churches in and around Baltimore where the services were done wholly or in part, in German.

John Foertschbeck, Sr.'s new release 'German Catholic Parishes of Maryland and Pennsylvania' has just been released.  The book is a great reference and includes a wealth of information about the subject.  For information or to purchase a copy, visit John's websiteClick here!

Christ United  (German Evangelical Lutheran Christ Church-Baltimore)

Church of the Fourteen Holy Martyrs     
Church of the Holy Cross







Many of the Lutheran and Reformed records for those churches no longer is service, were moved to:

Evangelical & Reformed Historical Society

555 W. James Street

Lancaster, PA 17603

Phone: 717-290-8734 (Please call before visiting to assure staff will be available to assist)









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