From My Genealogy Bookmarks to Yours – 10 Important Genealogy Sites (Premium)

Over my years of translating all kinds of genealogy records, I have gathered quite a collection - and bookmarked - many helpful websites to help with genealogical transcription and translation. And in this post, I want to share them with you!  Church Holidays Calendar This website, kirchenkalender.com, is a must-have for working with church records. … Continue reading From My Genealogy Bookmarks to Yours – 10 Important Genealogy Sites (Premium)

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The Hidden Secrets of Geogen, Surname Locator Website (Premium)

Geogen.stoepel.net is a tool most of you probably know. On this surname-location site, you type in your ancestor's last name, and then see where the most occurrences of that last name appear on the map of Germany. While that is often a huge help in itself, did you know there are other things Geogen can … Continue reading The Hidden Secrets of Geogen, Surname Locator Website (Premium)

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Advanced Death Record Vocabulary (Premium)

Death records are wonderful resources for finding information on your ancestor. Since you all are coming quite advanced in your death record vocabulary, it's time to go to the next level! Below is a list of important - though slightly less basic - words and phrases to know for death records.  Related Posts: 

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10 German Phrases You’ll Find on Legal Genealogy Docs (PREMIUM)

To be honest, legal documents are not my favorite documents to translate. "Legalese" is hard enough in English, let alone in German. But if you knew several of the words and phrases that appear over and over again in German legal documents, you will be off to a good start! Below, find 10 common "formal" … Continue reading 10 German Phrases You’ll Find on Legal Genealogy Docs (PREMIUM)

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Using Meyers Gazetteer to Decipher Town Names (PREMIUM)

German towns can be some of the most difficult handwritten words to decipher in your genealogy document. With so many different possibilities for the name of the town, plus changing names and spelling variations, these words have been known to give many a researcher a headache! Luckily, Meyers Gazetteer offers us many options for when … Continue reading Using Meyers Gazetteer to Decipher Town Names (PREMIUM)

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What’s a “lein”? German Suffixes and What They Mean (PREMIUM)

German is a very logical language. If you know the different parts of the word, you can often figure out what it means. But how do you recognize the parts? In this article, find the most common suffixes in German (and what they look like in the script) to start being able to break apart … Continue reading What’s a “lein”? German Suffixes and What They Mean (PREMIUM)

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9 Old-Fashioned Spelling Patterns in German Genealogy Documents (PREMIUM)

The better you get at German genealogy research, the farther back in time you go. While this is very exciting, it may also present some challenges for you, the researcher. One such challenge is that the accepted German spelling standards today were much more fluid in the past, which can make it difficult to find … Continue reading 9 Old-Fashioned Spelling Patterns in German Genealogy Documents (PREMIUM)

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Essential Death Record Vocabulary (PREMIUM)

All genealogists will likely run into death records at some point in their research. It is therefore important to be able to recognize the German vocabulary words you will encounter. Below is a list of these important words related to German records - plus what they look like in the old German handwriting! For a … Continue reading Essential Death Record Vocabulary (PREMIUM)

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