As Family Tree University prepares for the Winter 2017 Virtual Conference, which includes James M. Beidler’s video class on researching ancestors form Prussia, here are seven free resources for deciphering Old German script. After all, even if you’re fluent in the language, Old German genealogy records can throw you curveballs.
As a matter of fact, the font isn’t just difficult for the human eye; only within the last couple of years has optical-character recognition software been developed to allow for the scanning of German-language newspapers printed in Fraktur/the Gothic script.
- About.com: Old German Script—Kurrent
- Brigham Young University: The German Script Tutorial
- Family History Library Handwriting Guide: German Gothic
- Genealoger: German Genealogy—Language, Handwriting, and Script
- My Ancestors and Me: Helps for Translating That Old German Handwriting
- Omniglot: German
- Suetterlin Schrift: German handwriting
You can also download our free Germanic Alphabet Chart for more help decoding German script.
You can learn more about finding, deciphering and using German records in Beidler’s The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide, and you can find more German genealogy websites in Trace Your German Roots Online.