display: none !important; Free online translation from English into German and back, English-German dictionary with transcription, pronunciation, and examples of usage. We use cookies to customize content and give you the best experience possible. Since 1997 I have been a German-English translator. The “C” (middle) is easy to differentiate  from the other two letters as there is no loop at the top. Get help reading old handwriting, and translating records to English.

Until then, best of luck in your genealogy search!

Many historical writers simply did not use periods or commas.

This in turn helps me to continue supporting you with educational (I hope!) Its use declined after World War I, but was revived briefly during the Third Reich. 6. In that case, if you are certain of your transcription, it very likely could be a spelling mistake on the part of the author. So, if you cannot recognize a German word, take a step back and ask yourself if your ancestor could have been using some of their newly learned English. This example reads “den es” with a straight line above the “n”, which results in “denn es” (because it).

Cursive, also known as longhand, script, handwriting, looped writing, joined-up writing, joint writing, or running writing is any style of penmanship in which the symbols of the language are written in a conjoined and/or flowing manner, generally for the purpose of making writing faster. Notice also how everyone’s “swoops” can be slightly different, as seen in the real-life example of the word “gut” (good) below. In tip number two, we discussed the minute differences between “e”, “n” and “m”.

Think horse-drawn carriage driver. This letter was written to my Grandma Klara and my Dad Ralph by her brother Winfred (Fred). I’ve come across “Varmer” (farmer), “Kolorata” (Colorado), “daler” (dollar), and so on.

*   “u” has a little “swoop” (my non-technical term) above it and “i” has a dot above it. Then I line up my resources. Your email address will not be published. Locked. Once I realized this was an “s” based on my hangman type game, I was able to easily identify other “s’s” in the document and therefore many other words.

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In the inheritance of our ancestors, we often find documents like ancestor passports, birth certificates, baptismal certificates, marriage certificates, and death certificates.

17. While they both have the loop on the right, the “v” only has one stroke before the loop, while the “w” has two.

If you come across a letter or two all by themselves, it could easily be an abbreviation. Expect the unexpected.

“C” is not a very common letter in German, and is often only found in names, such as “Christian.”.

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