You will probably need a reference book for the old German symbols, abbreviations, words, occupations, and illnesses. 0000110808 00000 n Books. In my last post, I wrote about my excitement over my brand-new copy of Hoffman and Shea's recently published German genealogical translation guide, In Their Words: A Genealogist's Translation Guide to Polish, German, Latin and Russian Documents: Volume IV: German. 0000028247 00000 n found, age at death, 19 1/2). *Im Kino (At the movies) - The following abbreviations are commonly found in German movie listings. Childrens section: The names of the are missing. If any of the daughters of 0000006534 00000 n German Genealogy German Church Records. Box 1331; Jennings, LA 70546. group sheets we use. Locating church records in the United States can be challenging because some churches did not record anything, some records were kept but have since been lost, and the records are kept in many locations. her parents Family Book. hunting. of death (fell overboard during a coaling operation, drowned, his body never Each Family Book page has four main sections. that a great uncle had been in the Spanish-American war from his Familienbuch. Jennings Ch. Box 1170; Jennings, LA 70546. This is Part 2 of German Church Record Basics - Latin Records. Weil Schoenbuch, Wuerttemberg Lutheran Marriage Records 1591-1700 - More than 1700 marriage records have been extracted from the Evangelical (Lutheran) church in Weil im Schönbuch, Württemberg, Germany, from 1591 to 1705. Common in many church records and baptismal certificates. This database contains transcripts of more than 650 sets of church records from the state of Brandenburg, Germany. Before Coverage varies by parish -- most are from 1795-1874. You can find many records on this side of the ocean, too, such as microfilmed church records, German newspapers, German-American church records, and Pennsylvania German baptismal certificates. sometimes their ages, their parents, whether the parents are alive or dead, the - mile; miles MIA - Missing in Action mil or milit. Listing of the microfilm records available of the Wehdem Church books through the Latter Day Saints Family History … juvenis (abbreviation: juv.) fathers occupation and towns of residence. ©2003 Friends of the Silvio O. Conte National Archives. The first look is the hardest. name he is to be called may be underlined. Symbols, Abbreviations and Words Used in German Church Records. MGH - Middle High German m.i. public notice of the marriage banns - and same church) and the date of death if the child has not married. Death Records a. pastor wrote additional information that helps to describe the person. occupations which sometimes is the only way you can keep straight family members This would always be before a person’s name. : Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church; P.O. The gender of a noun is indicated by der (masculine), die (feminine), and das (neuter), which translates as "the." - minister m-in-l - mother-in-law MLG - Middle Low German MLW - Military Land Warrant MM - abbreviation for Monthly Meeting of Society of Friends (Quakers) m.o. 0000000867 00000 n "If only the typewriter had been invented a few centuries earlier!" Early German church records (Kirchenbuch) contain a wealth of family information for those who have ancestors from that country. Most provable lineages, outside of noble ones, rarely can be traced back further than the early church records. 0000081477 00000 n - minister m-in-l - mother-in-law MLG - Middle Low German MLW - Military Land Warrant MM - abbreviation for Monthly Meeting of Society of Friends (Quakers) m.o. You may have inherited a German document that may … 0000001462 00000 n Silvio O. Conte National Archives. H�b```��\D@(�����1�I�EA�i��"�^����2�����Ƃ[�� N�B ^�Ĕ/N. Following the numbers of Family Books can yield a great deal of information 0000001287 00000 n Below are a few clues that may help you out when facing a document wi… I find this book more helpful than a regular German dictionary. This is called the rufname. Most confirmations in the German evangelical churches occurred when the child this family has a child out of wedlock, it may be recorded in this section of Many of these records are preserved on microfilm, particularly in the LDS archives at Salt Lake City. in her new husbands Family Book. This classification is called gender. There are three dates of proclamation - the Name of Deceased b. Date/Time of Death and of Burial c. Place of Birth of Deceased d. Age of Deceased e. Relationship Status of Deceased f. Cause of Death 13. baptism, the date of the confirmation or first communion, the date of marriage Even if you don't speak or read German , however, you can still make sense of most genealogical documents found in Germany with the understanding of a few key German words. 13. weil. 42 0 obj << /Linearized 1 /O 44 /H [ 960 348 ] /L 1077971 /E 126633 /N 7 /T 1077013 >> endobj xref 42 26 0000000016 00000 n Starting in 1808, pastors were required to keep Family Books who was born, died, or married after 1808, order the Familienbücher film first. Sometimes, the information that a researcher needs has been written in plain sight. 0000002742 00000 n - military min. But never fear! 0000094258 00000 n Throughout the history of central Europe, these have been used in both religious and secular records. Records begin in 1892. The alphabet is the same an american english except for the 'beta' letter after 's' which stands for a double 's' typically. If I Can You Can Decipher German Records by Edna Bentz 12. has married, the child now appears in a new Family Book, with a new number, Use the FamilySearch catalog to see what records the Family History Library in Salt Lake City might have for your ancestors. If the child These top German translation websites will help you identify and translate old German letters, words, abbreviations, street names and occupations. Some bigger churches confirmed their teenagers twice a year, once in But you absolutely have to be able to read some things, as German church book records are one of the main ways to follow your family line back and verify that you have found the right village. Even if you don't speak or read German, however, you can still make sense of most genealogical documents found in Germany with the understanding of a few key German words. spur/spurius/sp - out of wedlock, illegitimate. Have fun and happy Variant Forms of Words In German, as in English, the forms of some word… It confirmed what I had learned the hard way and taught me so much more. In German-speaking Switzerland subtitles are the norm. church records translation in English - German Reverso dictionary, see also 'church hall',church mode',church mouse',church school', examples, definition, conjugation German Church Record Basics - Part 1 - German Records All of my Panther family tree information was found in the church records of a few villages in Germany. If you have German ancestry, this resource is for you! and the spouses name (also the Family Book number of the spouse if from the = obit; died s.p. - mother; month mors. These are wonderful records; they are similar to the family and mother of the house, their birth dates and places, marriage date and see if there are Familienbücher for that town. - mother; month mors. Old fashioned handwriting often gives older documents charm, but it also can be difficult to decipher. b. Filled with names, dates, places of residence and more, these entries can be the key to breaking down the brick walls in our genealogy research. A Sippenbüch is a family book or local lineage book, which usually gives considerable information about most of a particular town's residents. For events before 1808, you will have to read the individual That's often the cry of people trying to read older records. It Luth. 0000067027 00000 n The main registers are baptism, marriage and young man: legitimatus per subsequius matrimonius: legitimized through subsequent marriage: legitimus (abbreviations: leg. Today, we’ll be discussing abbreviations and symbols used in Latin and German records. rather quickly. After about 1800, they were written in German. This is Part 2 of German Church Record Basics - Latin Records. = sine prole; without offspring May also refer in parish chest materials to Smoke-penny= one of the dues once payable at Eastertime to the incumbent of a parish by his parishion… 0000006143 00000 n \ legitim.) For the years that civil records aren’t available in the U.S. or Canada, church records could fill in these gaps. When the French introduced the civil registers in Germany, those contained the official dates for birth and death which until then were just a side info in the church registers. of both the wife and husband, the occupations of the father, the town the Jennings Ch. Common symbols and abbreviations used in Ortsippenbücher and other German genealogical sources; Ortssippenbücher and Other Locale–Specific Sources are Rich in Genealogical Data (PastPorts, Aug. 2010) Using Ortssippenbücher to Research Your Family (lecture handout) Aids for deciphering German church records Websites with information about OSBs This will come in handy while searching German records as church records are the main source of records there. MGH - Middle High German m.i. 0000002426 00000 n spouses, if any, are also listed. - monument inscription mi. If the child has more than one first name, the They are kept in chronological order. trailer << /Size 68 /Info 40 0 R /Root 43 0 R /Prev 1077003 /ID[<8f5d78f4abaafb05c683b07022df8c75>] >> startxref 0 %%EOF 43 0 obj << /Type /Catalog /Pages 39 0 R /Metadata 41 0 R /PageLabels 38 0 R >> endobj 66 0 obj << /S 175 /L 272 /Filter /FlateDecode /Length 67 0 R >> stream German church records can be a genealogist’s dream. Records written in German may also be found in Switzerland, Austria, and parts of Poland, France, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Denmark, and other places that Germans settled. dates listed. is suggested you verify the entries in the. Brandenburg, Germany, Transcripts of Church Records, 1700-1874 at Ancestry/requires payment. The secretary hand, the court hand, the italic hand -- each had distinct letter forms and abbreviations. one for the copulation, the actual marriage. When you order a microfilm from the LDS for a town, look to The part covering the church book records in the German language can be found here: Well, you will be able to learn dates and place, and death dates and places. register of souls, listing the church members at a specific period of time. 0000001308 00000 n These online resources are so good, even the experts use them! Ernest Thode’s book, German-English Genealogical Dictionary is available in the Friends’ bookstore at NARA- Pittsfield. Church records, which can include baptisms, marriages, burials, confirmations, and in some areas family books, are some of the most commonly used resources for German genealogical research. 0000064350 00000 n Additional Church opened there in 1931. German Church Record Basics - Part 1 - German Records All of my Panther family tree information was found in the church records of a few villages in Germany. America, when he died, and which ship he was on. Last week, we covered the Church records written in Latin. Volunteers at the LDS Church are in the process of digitizing Understand what church record phrases, symbols, and abbreviations mean and how these can help your genealogy research; Convert names of commonly-seen feast dates into … warship the USS New York, June 26, 1898. From that note I knew he had come to Many of these records are preserved on microfilm, particularly in the LDS archives at Salt Lake City. What a game-changer! and communions; read notes about emigrations/immigrations, learn maiden names So, let's say you know what town your family is from in Germany. Parents section: The names of the parents Hollywood movies shown in Germany and Austria usually have a dubbed German soundtrack. As we read old Bible, census, courthouse, archive and Church records to obtain the names, places and dates, often we are unclear at the words before us. : Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Confirmation Register. Has transcripts of more than 650 sets of church records for the state of Brandenburg, Germany from the Brandenburgisches Landeshauptarchiv. - military min. viz. German words for persons, places, and things (nouns) are always capitalized. death. I learned The Magic of German Church Records, which I suspect can only enhance and elaborate on the knowledge base I have already acquired from her course, my records being mostly church records. In some cases these Latin terms require the help of a Latin scholar, but in many cases a quick translation will at least help us to understand what the record is telling us. Church records kept by churches may include information such as births, marriages, deaths, burials, christenings, membership lists, names of ministers, etc. 0000005524 00000 n The time periods covered by individual records sets vary, however most records are from the years 1795 up to and including 1874, when civil registration for these communities was introduced. with the same names. All rights reserved. Marriage records generally have four I decided to test-drive it using a marriage record from the Bischöfliches Zentralarchiv Regensburg that… 0000004640 00000 n Church Records: Sometimes church records for German churches in America will give the place of birth of immigrant parents in the baptismal records of their children, or in the marriage record of the immigrant(s) if the couple was married after arriving in the US. There are 6400 names and more than 450 different German, Swiss, Austrian and French towns in this database. Records begin in 1961 when the church was established. The names of the married couple: The father more room is needed for additional information. Where extant, church records can be an enormous boon to genealogical research. In order to get the most information from the records that are available, we have to decipher these records and put meaning into the symbols we see on the old documents or papers that we find. – “weiland” (deceased or the late). (Familienbücher). Each letter has an upper case version first followed by a lower case. All records are written in German. There are even some styles of handwriting that were not taught in schools, but by notaries or others to their helpers. Word endings may vary, depending on the way the words are used in the sentence. Volunteers at the LDS Church are in the process of digitizing these films and indexing the contents. Archion.de is an online resource for German evangelical church records. Today, we’ll be discussing abbreviations and symbols used in Latin and German records. Reading German Church Records (Thanks to Hiltje Zwarberg for his help in compiling this list and aiding the transcriptions) Handwriting Guide: German Gothic It also served Oppenwehe until St. Martini Ev. Reading Old German Church Records Early German church records (Kirchenbuch) contain a wealth of family information for those who have ancestors from that country. 0000001701 00000 n All nouns are classified as masculine, feminine, or neuter. After about 1800, they were written in German. 0000005926 00000 n Wehdem Church Records The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wehdem serves the communities of Wehdem, Oppendorf & Westrup. See how they can help your German family history. Latin abbreviations commonly seen in documents of the Catholic Church, the full Latin words or phrases, and their English meaning The Ehe Need help reading or translating German genealogical documents? In larger cities and university towns it is easy to find OmU or OF films shown in the original language, with or without German subtitles. Sometimes, the information that a researcher needs has been written in plain sight. Whether delving into German research for the first time or working your way through parish registers to find family members, Ortssippenbücher can provide much information about a German family in one record. I contacted NARA for that days Common Illnesses a. 0000005085 00000 n %PDF-1.3 %���� 0000000960 00000 n A woman who marries twice would be entered For the death note the pastor wrote, died in the vicinity of Cuba while on the Register is the marriage register. The current church building in Wehdem was built in 1801. ships log and was able to get his enlistment date, age, stature, and his cause for your grandmothers, names of sponsors, hometowns of ancestors, and 0000028169 00000 n For more information on German church records, go here. Notes section: This section is often used if Throughout the history of central Europe, these have been used in both religious and secular records. appearing as the husband or wife. places of birth, marriage, death, burial; cause of death; dates of confirmations common abbreviations; german word list for genealogy; glossary of german occupations and titles; glossary of illnesses found in german church records; a glossary of german words used in … Other notes about the family might be here. parents live in if not the same as the one the church is in, and the numbers All this makes searching for a certain person much easier. Ehe Register. Included in this section for each child are the date of the birth and/or You can use this register to help you determine a birth date if birth records - monument inscription mi. Each Family Book page is numbered and may list referral numbers to other Family long, you will be finding relatives and ancestors galore. - mustered out mo. Most are for Protestant churches. for communion and confirmation as well as a Seelen register, literally a Church Records. P.O. The following are examples of letters and letter combinations that are often used interchangeably in German names. The church record books in Germany prior to about 1800 were typically written in Latin. If you are looking for a person children in order of birth. 1891. Aids for deciphering German church records. church film. It is not uncommon to find spelling inconsistencies based on geographical and other differences, so researchers should check surname variants. was 14. Church records are the most important sources of genealogical information available for German research. If you don’t speak German, however, these records may seem a bit overwhelming. 0000002693 00000 n of the parents Family Books if they belong to the same church. spring and once in the fall. Notations list the married couple, Spelling variations . 0000028050 00000 n If I Can You Can Decipher Germanic Records by Edna Bentz i. Abzehrung: consumption ii. 0000005292 00000 n Depending on the region, civil registration records begin anywhere from 1792 to 1886, but areas impacted and influenced by the Napoleonic wars began keeping records sooner. Ok, now that you have all that straight in your head, just – “Pfarrer” (priest/pastor). Also you sometimes get real goodies, for example, when the . Records written in German may also be found in Switzerland, Austria, and parts of Poland, France, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Denmark, and other places that Germans settled. Burial records now had the names of surviving spouses or children that were left behind. It gets easier each time. The church record books in Germany prior to about 1800 were typically written in Latin. registers to gain your information. Friends of the 0000002465 00000 n - mustered out mo. Many church records and legal documents include Latin terms that are not used in our everyday speech. German Church Records Abbreviations This is the old German Scripth alphabet. why would you want to learn all this? Now that you have become familiar with the above, have a look at a German So, let's say you know what town your family is from in Germany. Finding church records can also lead to discovering your ancestor’s religion or denomination. About this collection. For many of us we put off working on our German ancestors because we are afraid of having to read the Old German script, chicken scratch we say! Generally the child and fathers names are listed. - mile; miles MIA - Missing in Action mil or milit. = videlicet; namely cum cont.= with a sermon dom.=dominus (-a); lord or sir (lady or dame) fil.=filius (-a)= son (daughter) fil.pop= filius(-a) populi or filius (a) vulgi; bastard son or daughter of a harlot in com.=in comitatu; in the county (of) libre = book lic.=per licentiam;by licence nupt.=nupti fuerunt; were married ob.
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