Hamburg Language and Handwriting

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Hamburg, German Empire Wiki Topics
Hamburg-Sankt-Pauli-peers.JPG
Beginning Research
Major Record Types
Reading the Records
Additional Hamburg Record Types
Hamburg Background
Ethnic Groups
Local Research Resources
Germany Record Types
Germany Background
Adopt-a-wiki page
GoAncestrysml.jpg This page adopted by:
GoAncestry
who welcome you to contribute.
Adopt a page today


Reading the Records[edit | edit source]

  • It's easier than you think! You do not have to be fluent in German to use these records, as there is only a limited vocabulary used in them. By learning a few key phrases, you will be able to read them adequately. Here are some resources for learning to read German records.
German Genealogical Word List
German Handwriting
  • These video webinars will teach you to read German handwriting:
  • Also online interactive slideshow lessons are available to help you learn to read these records:

This converter will show you how any phrase or name might look in German script:

  • Kurrentschrift Converter (enter German genealogical word, click on "convert", view your word in Kurrentschrift (Gothic handwriting)

Latin Records[edit | edit source]

Records of the Catholic church will usually be written in Latin: