- Plastic Comb: 85 pages
- Publisher: Edna M Bentz (November 7, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0961542004
- ISBN-13: 978-0961542009
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #770,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If I Can You Can Decipher Germanic Records Plastic Comb – November 7, 2006
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This book covers the Gothic alphabet and shows variations of handwritten script for each letter. It then provides handwritten script examples of common genealogical words and their German and English translation. Handwritten symbols and common abbreviations found in Germanic records are also covered.
Sections are devoted to showing side-by-side comparisons of Latin, English, Danish, and handwritten German script for common genealogical terms, occupations & titles, and diseases. There is also a useful timeline. This handy book is spiral-bound.
Pages are color coded by topic, [ genealogy terms, illnesses, occupations, Latin terminology etc ]. ] which is nice, and the Germanic - Latin terminology section is helpful with Catholic Church records in Script. Spiral binding easily keeps the book open to the page being used.
An outline of the book's major sections:
Alphabets - This is fascinating, because she gives you Old Gothic standard and then many (like 30 for EACH letter) handwritten variations that she found in different documents.
Common terms - This covers a lot! For example, one part is Relationships. For each term, she shows you the handwritten script, the typed German word, and the English meaning. The first word in this section is "angenommenes Kind" = adopted child. In the German script shown, the capitalized K in Kind (in German, you capitalize nouns) looks like a capital R, which is also illustrated in the alphabets. I never would have guessed that it was a "K".
Common terms also includes genealogical terms (such as two words for ancestor), abbreviations (ex, "b.v." = beide von = both from), church and feast day terms, months and days.
Common Latin terms are included, with English, Danish and German Script equivilents, because many records may be found in Roman Catholic Parish records. (The Schleswig-Holstein area was, at one point, under Danish rule.)
There's a glossary of illnesses found in German church records with the German word, German script, English, Latin and Danish equivilents.
Next is a large list of occupations and titles, first in the German word, then German script, English, Latin and Danish.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a treasure—nothing else like it out there, either in its comprehensive nature or in its easygoing, conversational style. So glad that Ms. Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. Erickson
I have been looking for something like this for a long time. I am relearning the old script which wasn't taught anymore when I went to school in Germany.Published 9 months ago by manuela i.b.
Haven't had opportunity to use it as I'm in the hospital. It looks like it will tremendously help in my genealogy research.Published 11 months ago by Sherry A. Merryman
Have used it a few times for my genealogy. Highly recommended to me but now not into the German side as much. I am sure I will be using it more this yearPublished 13 months ago by catherine