The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968

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for professional historians or historical geographers. It is, rather, de-
signed for genealogists, and over half of it consists of an alphabetical
list of 4,2oo Germans who came to Texas under the Adelsverein in the
1840's. Listed are village of origin, marital status, children, name of
ship and departure date, and Texas county of residence for the indi-
vidual immigrants. This impressive (or better, astounding) list was
compiled by laboriously matching names from such diverse source
materials as ship lists and manuscript census schedules. As one might
expect, the list contains errors and omissions, a few of which at least
could have been avoided by using published histories of such Texas
German families as Kothmann, Jordan, and Ottmers. In many cases,
the village of origin is not identified by province. This information
could have been obtained with the aid of the postal directory (Ver-
zeichnis der Postleitzahlen) published by the Federal Republic of
Germany, which lists every village and gives some suggestion of
Also included is a 19-page history of the Adelsverein and its coloni-
zation work. This sketch offers no new information and suffers from
a failure to use Gilbert Benjamin's The Germans in Texas and many
other notable primary and secondary sources. Inaccuracies include the
suggestion on page 1 that revolutions in Germany (in 1848) caused
emigration in 1844-1847.
A third section contains translations of eleven reports made by
Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels to the A delsverein directors. These
are interesting and valuable and are presented for the first time in
English. For the non-genealogist, the reports constitute the most worth-
while part of the book.
Several illustrations are included, among them a map of German
provinces (plate 13) which suffers from oversimplification and out-
right error (the Rheinpfalz shown as part of Baden; Electoral Hesse
shown as a part of Nassau).
Arizona State University TERRY G. JORDAN
Sam Fore, Jr., Community Newspaper Editor. By Emily Lamon. Aus-
tin (The Department of Journalism Development Program, Uni-
versity of Texas), 1966. Pp. vii+58. Bibliography. $3.oo.
"Sam Fore, Jr., calls himself a country editor with everything that
name implies." With this explanation in her preface, the author


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