OLD GERMAN SCRIPT
FREE TRANSCRIPTION SERVICE
A Short History
Alte Deutsche Schrift, or old German script in the German language, was
used for a variety of documents. This writing style has its origins traced
ack to the early 1500's and looks to have evolved from the Gothic cursive
handwriting which was used during the times of medieval Europe.
By the end of the 18th century the "modern" form of the script was established
and standardized. This style was taught in schools throughout German speaking
areas until the 1940's.
A newer handwriting style, Sütterlin script, began to be accepted
as the primary script in German schools in 1915, and by 1934 it had all
but eliminated the older script.
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We provide our services free of charge. We are a father and
son team and are not certified in the area of transcription but merely
enjoy the challenge. We do have experience with the German language and
can provide some minimal translation if so requested. We do not have the
capacity to transcribe/translate large amounts of text. At this point we have
been able to provide help in transcription and translation on many different
documents for many different people.
We hope that by providing this service gratis family researchers who
are on a limited budget can find information from the transcribed documents
that will help them in their search.
We will help on transcriptions of short letters, church, and civil documents
from the Old German Script relating only to:
- Birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.
- Emigration records.
- Before sending any scanned document, please be sure that the handwriting
is clearly legible by using the contrast/brightness or other tools
in your photo editing software.
- Please tell us as much as you know about your document.
- You may send only one (1) item for transcription at a time. Please use
the JPG file format, please do not use the BMP or any other file format. JPG files can be created by most
image software by simply saving the file as .jpg. We cannot accept TIF files.
- Please limit the scanned file size to no larger than 300,000 bytes.
- We will accept scans of handwritten or typewritten documents. We will let you know if we
can take on the transcription based on it's size and clarity.
- Please allow 3-6 weeks for a returned transcription.
- We will transcribe as best as we can based upon the file received but
guarantee a complete transcription.
- We cannot accept snail mail requests.
Send files to be transcribed to: ScripTrans2003@yahoo.com
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German Occupations Listing
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For a great reference book relating to genealogical documents try:
German-English Genealogical Dictionary, Ernest Thode
It's not only a dictionary but also provides symbols, abbreviations, and writing styles seen in German legal documents.
Also, for a handy reference tool try QuickDic at:
Last modified: October 30, 2005