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German-English Genealogical Dictionary

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ISBN-10: 0806313420
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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc. (January 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806313420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806313429
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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This book has been an invaluable resource. I don't speak German and I don't know what I would have done without this book. I highly recommend it to anyone researching their German ancestry who has to read old documents.
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This dictionary is an absolute necessity for any family history researcher who has ancestors in Germany and doesn't read german. It has the necessary words, numbers, dates, and handwriting examples to make translating German documents not only possible but manageable. I highly recommend it.
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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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A very useful source for the genealogist. In addition to many obsolete German legal terms it includes translations of many Latin phrases which appear in old German documents. I've been translating many German mortgage papers from the 1840's to 60's and I've been using it a great deal. Highly recommended.
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Of all of the aids I have, this one is by far the best because it is so comprehensive. This book represents an enormous effort and I use it often. However, since I work with translations from German script (church records and the like) I keep wishing for a dictionary that shows the entry words in script. I also wish that this dictionary had a English to German section as I am always trying to guess what the words might be. I know it would make for a very big book but it would be priceless

-never satisfied, i guess, hope springs eternal.
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