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ISBN-13: 978-0806313429 ISBN-10: 0806313420

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  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc. (January 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806313420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806313429
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Compiled for the family researcher who needs to translate German-language documents, this specialized dictionary provides thousands of German terms associated with genealogy and defines them simply. In conjunction with a standard German-English dictionary, this work should enable the user to translate German documents. Entries cover family relationships, days of the week, numbers, map and legal terms, place names, historical territories, geographical terms, occupations, titles, names, heraldry, abbreviations, and many other topics. Common genealogical words from Danish, Dutch, French, Latin, and Polish are given as well. Also included are the German alphabet, with script variations, suffix lists, old historical German words and variants, and genealogical symbols used in Germany. A later edition might be enhanced by listing sources and genders of terms and adding woodcuts or other illustrations. But this first edition is a delightful book that provides virtually a short course in German genealogy and fills a major void in the field. Along with Thode's Address Book for Germanic Genealogy (Genealogical Pub., 1991), this is essential for German genealogical researchers. Because millions of Americans trace their ancestry to German immigrants, both books are strongly recommended.
- Judith P. Reid, Library of Congress
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Thode's compilation is recommended for everyone dealing with Germanic documents..." --NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY, Vol. 82, No. 1

"Anyone who researches German manuscripts, letters, or documents will find this dictionary extremely useful." --ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGISTS QUARTERLY, Vol. 8, No. 2

"Anyone who researches German manuscripts, letters, or documents will find this dictionary extremely useful." --ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGISTS QUARTERLY, Vol. 8, No. 2

"Anyone who researches German manuscripts, letters, or documents will find this dictionary extremely useful." --ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGISTS QUARTERLY, Vol. 8, No. 2

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This book was helpful with genealogical terms so we could do our research correctly.
Brigit M Sanderson
This dictionary contains many useful definitions for current occupations but is somewhat weak in occupations found in prior centuries.
Chem Geek
This is an invaluable resource for all genealogists, amateur as well as professional, even for those who speak German.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By I. Alde on March 7, 2005
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I am doing translation work for a family website. Although I am a native German, I bought this book in the hope that it would provide oldfashioned, genealogical and historical terms and titles with which I am not familiar and which are not contained in modern dictionaries. From the description on your website I even mentioned it to some of my fellow translators, offering to test it before recommending it.

However, I cannot recommend it. I found very few of the terms I was looking for, and I discovered some blatant mistakes. Mr. Thode should have had a German person proofread his work in order to avoid things like confusing diarrhea with compulsion (sic!), dishonest with illegitimate, cupboard with liquor service. These are only three of the mistakes which I found in one hour, and there are probably dozens more. Instead of giving us more legitimate terms, Mr. Thode wastes valuable space on common Christian names which everybody knows.

I am very disappointed.

Sincerely,

Inge Alde

isa38@yahoo.com
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 2000
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I do a lot of research in German records and I have found this book to be an invaluable aid. I refer to it again and again. German, Latin and other terms found in German records (especially church books) are translated into English. The book even has bit of information about the hard to read German script. It also covers numbers, months, common names and those weird symbols you sometimes find in German records. Highly recommended.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dieter Blobe ( dieterb@enter.net ) on December 29, 1998
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as an amateur genealoger and volunteer translator I find Ernst Thode's dictionary very helpful in being as accurate as possible with my translations,since he has thousands of specialty words not found in ordinary German-english dictionaries. It's major drawback is that it is a one way street, no english-german. the German alpahabet script guide is also useful, although it would have been much more so if the printing had a much higher resolution.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chem Geek on September 4, 2007
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This dictionary contains many useful definitions for current occupations but is somewhat weak in occupations found in prior centuries. The listing of abbreviations is probably worth the cost of the book as these are especially difficult to find.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. O. Ritter VINE VOICE on November 21, 2009
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This book contains examples of old German printing and script. It also has a very useful dictionary of archaic German and Latin terms you are likely to encounter in researching 18th and 19th century records written in German Script. Anyone who has tried to read an old church record written in Kurrent or Sütterlin script will appreciate this dictionary with examples. The inclusion of some Latin terms is very useful for research into Catholic Church records written in the old German scripts.

I have used this book for over 15 years and it is still one of the books I keep next to my desk for quick look-ups when I come across a difficult passage or term. This book will NOT make the transcription and translation task Easy, but it will make it Easier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jan M. on January 16, 2014
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Very useful in translating German records into English and vice versa. I recommend it to people working on their family histories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlene Key Sokal on January 3, 2014
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Ernest Thode has been writing German genealogical materials for quite some time. This particular book has been highly recommended by instructors.
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Expertly compiled by Ernest Thode and originally published in 1992, this new edition of German-English Genealogical Dictionary is comprised of thousands of German terms defined as single words, symbols, and succinct phrases specifically selected on their relevance to genealogical research. These are words and terms found in German church records, civil registration records, family correspondence, genealogical journals, ships' passenger lists, as well as emigration records. Utilizing German-English Genealogical Dictionary, a simply outstanding and highly recommended translation resource, aspiring American genealogists will be able to decipher and interpret any German document in the course of the genealogical inquiries.
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