German-English Genealogical Dictionary

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This book is designed for the family researcher who has little or no knowledge of German but who nevertheless needs to make a translation of German-language documents. The dictionary covers thousands of German terms and defines them in single words or brief phrases. All words, symbols, and abbreviations in the dictionary were chosen on the basis of their association with genealogy, having been noted in church records, civil registration records, family correspondence, genealogical journals, ships' passenger ...
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Overview

This book is designed for the family researcher who has little or no knowledge of German but who nevertheless needs to make a translation of German-language documents. The dictionary covers thousands of German terms and defines them in single words or brief phrases. All words, symbols, and abbreviations in the dictionary were chosen on the basis of their association with genealogy, having been noted in church records, civil registration records, family correspondence, genealogical journals, ships' passenger lists, and emigration records. Among the many categories of entries included in the dictionary are family relationships, days of the week, map terms, legal terms, cardinal and ordinary numbers, roman numerals, signs of the zodiac, coins, liquid and dry measures, measures of length, place names, historical territories, geographical terms, occupations, titles, military ranks, types of taxes, illnesses, calendar days, male and female given names, heraldry, abbreviations, books of the Bible, and common genealogical words from Danish, Dutch, French, Latin, and Polish. In conjunction with a standard German-English dictionary, the user of this work should be able to make a word-by-word translation of any German document and understand it.
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Compiled for the family researcher who needs to translate German-language documents, this specialized dictionary provides thousands of German terms associated with genealogy and defines them simply. In conjunction with a standard German-English dictionary, this work should enable the user to translate German documents. Entries cover family relationships, days of the week, numbers, map and legal terms, place names, historical territories, geographical terms, occupations, titles, names, heraldry, abbreviations, and many other topics. Common genealogical words from Danish, Dutch, French, Latin, and Polish are given as well. Also included are the German alphabet, with script variations, suffix lists, old historical German words and variants, and genealogical symbols used in Germany. A later edition might be enhanced by listing sources and genders of terms and adding woodcuts or other illustrations. But this first edition is a delightful book that provides virtually a short course in German genealogy and fills a major void in the field. Along with Thode's Address Book for Germanic Genealogy (Genealogical Pub., 1991), this is essential for German genealogical researchers. Because millions of Americans trace their ancestry to German immigrants, both books are strongly recommended.-- Judith P. Reid, Library of Congress
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806313429
  • Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 299,330
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2009

    Excellent reference for decoding German records (German & Latin)

    Great resource for looking up words found in German genealogical records including records writtenin Latin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2002

    Must have!

    If you are doing german genealogy, this de-mistifies some word you may have thought you understood! A must for any serious researcher. We're back buying copies as gifts!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2002

    Great Dictionary for Beginning German Researchers

    I'm just beginning genealogy reseach in German records and at first thought it would be impossible for me. I'm so new at translating German documents and church records that I sometimes don't know if I'm looking at a whole word, abbreviation or personal name or if the word is German or Latin. This book has been great! Ernest Thode has everything listed together in alphabetical order. Other books I've used that were divided into sections were so time consuming. And often I didn't know what I was looking at so I didn't know in which section to look. Now even if I can't decipher a whole word, I can use the letters I can decipher and find the word or root word. The definitions are brief and related to genealogy research, which is what I need. The German script examples are very helpful but I would prefer that they be photocopied samples rather than computer generated.

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