Handy guide: German Words for Family Historians


Researching a German ancestor will undoubtedly lead you at some point to needing to read German records.

Having access to a list of German words that may be found in documents will help you to identify and understand the records.

This Handy Guide lists several hundred German words together with their English translation. Divided into categories of Relationships, Occupations, Religious and Church terms, Jurisdictions or political terms, Months and days, and Assorted words.

Also included are references (and samples) of the "old style" German writing, and you'll also find links to various websites and suggestions for further reading.


4 page A4 booklet, b&w and colour photos

Eric Kopittke & Rosemary Kopittke, Unlock the Past handy guide, 2018

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