– “Pfarrer” (priest/pastor). occupations which sometimes is the only way you can keep straight family members Well, you will be able to learn dates and The church record books in Germany prior to about 1800 were typically written in Latin. are missing. of both the wife and husband, the occupations of the father, the town the *Im Kino (At the movies) - The following abbreviations are commonly found in German movie listings. Today, we’ll be discussing abbreviations and symbols used in Latin and German records. - 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. more room is needed for additional information. 0000028247 00000 n Church opened there in 1931. and communions; read notes about emigrations/immigrations, learn maiden names ship’s log and was able to get his enlistment date, age, stature, and his cause registers to gain your information. 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. 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. 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 … Has transcripts of more than 650 sets of church records for the state of Brandenburg, Germany from the Brandenburgisches Landeshauptarchiv. Some bigger churches confirmed their teenagers twice a year, once in You will probably need a reference book for the old German symbols, abbreviations, words, occupations, and illnesses. Following the numbers of Family Books can yield a great deal of information I learned You may have inherited a German document that may … - military min. For the years that civil records aren’t available in the U.S. or Canada, church records could fill in these gaps. Ernest Thode’s book, German-English Genealogical Dictionary is available in the Friends’ bookstore at NARA- Pittsfield. Jennings Ch. About this collection. 0000001701 00000 n 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! If the child has more than one first name, the Word endings may vary, depending on the way the words are used in the sentence. The first look is the hardest. See how they can help your German family history. 0000028169 00000 n and the spouse’s name (also the Family Book number of the spouse if from the parents live in if not the same as the one the church is in, and the numbers Children’s section: The names of the Notes section: This section is often used if Spelling variations . 0000006534 00000 n 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. 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. 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. There may be additional registers This would always be before a person’s name. 0000028050 00000 n These top German translation websites will help you identify and translate old German letters, words, abbreviations, street names and occupations. is suggested you verify the entries in the. see if there are Familienbücher for that town. viz. Finding church records can also lead to discovering your ancestor’s religion or denomination. Use the FamilySearch catalog to see what records the Family History Library in Salt Lake City might have for your ancestors. 0000000867 00000 n The part covering the church book records in the German language can be found here: Brandenburg, Germany, Transcripts of Church Records, 1700-1874 at Ancestry/requires payment. If any of the daughters of Last week, we covered the Church records written in Latin. 0000006143 00000 n Notations list the married couple, - military min. So, let's say you know what town your family is from in Germany. Wehdem Church Records The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wehdem serves the communities of Wehdem, Oppendorf & Westrup. 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. This is Part 2 of German Church Record Basics - Latin Records. Generally the child and father’s names are listed. Confirmation Register. Most confirmations in the German evangelical churches occurred when the child Church Records. group sheets we use. If the child - mile; miles MIA - Missing in Action mil or milit. All rights reserved. Burial records now had the names of surviving spouses or children that were left behind. Records begin in 1892. for your grandmothers, names of sponsors, hometowns of ancestors, and It also served Oppenwehe until St. Martini Ev. Additional of the parents’ Family Books if they belong to the same church. Death Records a. - 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. place, and death dates and places. - mother; month mors. When you order a microfilm from the LDS for a town, look to warship the USS New York, June 26, 1898.” From that note I knew he had come to Listing of the microfilm records available of the Wehdem Church books through the Latter Day Saints Family History … 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. I contacted NARA for that day’s Reading German Church Records (Thanks to Hiltje Zwarberg for his help in compiling this list and aiding the transcriptions) Handwriting Guide: German Gothic In German-speaking Switzerland subtitles are the norm. 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. All nouns are classified as masculine, feminine, or neuter. - mustered out mo. 0000001462 00000 n Archion.de is an online resource for German evangelical church records. They are kept in chronological order. : Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The main registers are baptism, marriage and 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. 13. weil. Register is the marriage register. young man: legitimatus per subsequius matrimonius: legitimized through subsequent marriage: legitimus (abbreviations: leg. Each letter has an upper case version first followed by a lower case. These online resources are so good, even the experts use them! 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 this family has a child out of wedlock, it may be recorded in this section of If you are looking for a person 0000005292 00000 n For the death note the pastor wrote, “died in the vicinity of Cuba while on the 0000081477 00000 n This will come in handy while searching German records as church records are the main source of records there. Box 1170; Jennings, LA 70546. 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 with the same names. public notice of the marriage banns - and The current church building in Wehdem was built in 1801. 0000110808 00000 n same church) and the date of death if the child has not married. This classification is called gender. These are wonderful records; they are similar to the family Many church records and legal documents include Latin terms that are not used in our everyday speech. 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. - monument inscription mi. There are 6400 names and more than 450 different German, Swiss, Austrian and French towns in this database. Common in many church records and baptismal certificates. Today, we’ll be discussing abbreviations and symbols used in Latin and German records. It is not uncommon to find spelling inconsistencies based on geographical and other differences, so researchers should check surname variants. Before German words for persons, places, and things (nouns) are always capitalized. 0000002465 00000 n Latin abbreviations commonly seen in documents of the Catholic Church, the full Latin words or phrases, and their English meaning MGH - Middle High German m.i. Included in this section for each child are the date of the birth and/or that a great uncle had been in the Spanish-American war from his Familienbuch. %PDF-1.3 %���� German Church Records Abbreviations This is the old German Scripth alphabet. Books. For events before 1808, you will have to read the individual 0000094258 00000 n = 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… . 0000001308 00000 n Many of these records are preserved on microfilm, particularly in the LDS archives at Salt Lake City. fathers’ occupation and towns of residence. 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. 0000005524 00000 n It confirmed what I had learned the hard way and taught me so much more. 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. You can use this register to help you determine a birth date if birth records Variant Forms of Words In German, as in English, the forms of some word… Early German church records (Kirchenbuch) contain a wealth of family information for those who have ancestors from that country. What a game-changer! \ legitim.) - mustered out mo. 0000002426 00000 n 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. who was born, died, or married after 1808, order the Familienbücher film first. = obit; died s.p. 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. Ehe Register. Silvio O. Conte National Archives. long, you will be finding relatives and ancestors galore. Jennings Ch. (Familienbücher). why would you want to learn all this? Box 1331; Jennings, LA 70546. If I Can You Can Decipher Germanic Records by Edna Bentz i. Abzehrung: consumption ii. Common Illnesses a. Coverage varies by parish -- most are from 1795-1874. name he is to be called may be underlined. hunting. - monument inscription mi. ©2003 Friends of the Silvio O. Conte National Archives. was 14. H�b```��\[email protected](�����1�I�EA�i��"�^����2�����Ƃ[�� N�B ^�Ĕ/N. spring and once in the fall. Aids for deciphering German church records. The alphabet is the same an american english except for the 'beta' letter after 's' which stands for a double 's' typically. 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. I read about the top 25 milestone words, understanding German numbers, and reading Fraktur and knew I had to buy her book “The Magic of German Church Records: Finding the Key to Your Ancestor’s Past”. A Sippenbüch is a family book or local lineage book, which usually gives considerable information about most of a particular town's residents. Ok, now that you have all that straight in your head, just 0000005926 00000 n 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 … The Ehe German church records can be a genealogist’s dream. spouses, if any, are also listed. I find this book more helpful than a regular German dictionary. Need help reading or translating German genealogical documents? Marriage records generally have four Throughout the history of central Europe, these have been used in both religious and secular records. Most are for Protestant churches. church film. Friends of the church records translation in English - German Reverso dictionary, see also 'church hall',church mode',church mouse',church school', examples, definition, conjugation German Genealogy German Church Records. register of souls, listing the church members at a specific period of time. If you have German ancestry, this resource is for you! sometimes their ages, their parents, whether the parents are alive or dead, the P.O. The gender of a noun is indicated by der (masculine), die (feminine), and das (neuter), which translates as "the." found, age at death, 19 1/2). All records are written in German. 0000064350 00000 n - mother; month mors. 0000005085 00000 n appearing as the husband or wife. There are three dates of proclamation - the 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. = 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. of death (fell overboard during a coaling operation, drowned, his body never death. This is called the rufname. juvenis (abbreviation: juv.) Throughout the history of central Europe, these have been used in both religious and secular 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. 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. Reading Old German Church Records Early German church records (Kirchenbuch) contain a wealth of family information for those who have ancestors from that country. rather quickly. For more information on German church records, go here. 0000000960 00000 n Below are a few clues that may help you out when facing a document wi… 0000067027 00000 n 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. - mile; miles MIA - Missing in Action mil or milit. her parents’ Family Book. and mother of the house, their birth dates and places, marriage date and has married, the child now appears in a new Family Book, with a new number, MGH - Middle High German m.i. 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. Church records kept by churches may include information such as births, marriages, deaths, burials, christenings, membership lists, names of ministers, etc. Have fun and happy Where extant, church records can be an enormous boon to genealogical research. After about 1800, they were written in German. Luth. America, when he died, and which ship he was on. Now that you have become familiar with the above, have a look at a German After about 1800, they were written in German. It gets easier each time. It 0000001287 00000 n 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. The secretary hand, the court hand, the italic hand -- each had distinct letter forms and abbreviations. Volunteers at the LDS Church are in the process of digitizing But never fear! Symbols, Abbreviations and Words Used in German Church Records. 0000002693 00000 n one for the copulation, the actual marriage. Last week, we covered the Church records written in Latin. Old fashioned handwriting often gives older documents charm, but it also can be difficult to decipher. Many of these records are preserved on microfilm, particularly in the LDS archives at Salt Lake City. There are even some styles of handwriting that were not taught in schools, but by notaries or others to their helpers. : Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church; P.O. children in order of birth. 0000004640 00000 n 0000002742 00000 n The names of the married couple: The father Hollywood movies shown in Germany and Austria usually have a dubbed German soundtrack. 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. 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 Records begin in 1961 when the church was established. Most provable lineages, outside of noble ones, rarely can be traced back further than the early church records. So, let's say you know what town your family is from in Germany. b. Each Family Book page is numbered and may list referral numbers to other Family The church record books in Germany prior to about 1800 were typically written in Latin. baptism, the date of the confirmation or first communion, the date of marriage If I Can You Can Decipher German Records by Edna Bentz 12. I decided to test-drive it using a marriage record from the Bischöfliches Zentralarchiv Regensburg that… – “weiland” (deceased or the late). 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. pastor wrote additional information that helps to describe the person. That's often the cry of people trying to read older records. 1891. places of birth, marriage, death, burial; cause of death; dates of confirmations Volunteers at the LDS Church are in the process of digitizing these films and indexing the contents. The following are examples of letters and letter combinations that are often used interchangeably in German names. Sometimes, the information that a researcher needs has been written in plain sight. spur/spurius/sp - out of wedlock, illegitimate. Parents’ section: The names of the parents This is Part 2 of German Church Record Basics - Latin Records. Also you sometimes get real goodies, for example, when the A woman who marries twice would be entered Other notes about the family might be here. Sometimes, the information that a researcher needs has been written in plain sight. for communion and confirmation as well as a Seelen register, literally a Starting in 1808, pastors were required to keep Family Books 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. "If only the typewriter had been invented a few centuries earlier!"
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