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