The "family trees" provided below are intended to help students of American Lutheran history make sense of the often bewildering array of Lutheran church bodies (or "synods") that have existed in this country. As some of the church body names indicate, the divisions were often based on the country of origin and ethnic background of the immigrant-founded synod. Differences in worship traditions and polity, in addition to the language used, also contributed to the "splintering" of American Lutheranism.
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Streams of Tradition Forming Luther Seminary
Forming the Lutheran Church in America
Norwegian-American Lutheranism, 1846-1917
Norwegian-American Lutheranism (Abbreviated)
Forming the American Lutheran Church
Forming the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The Emergence of the Missouri Synod