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East Prussia (Ostpreussen) Language and Handwriting

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East Prussia (Ostpreussen)
German Empire Genealogy
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Getting Started
Major East Prussia (Ostpreussen) Record Types
Reading the Records
Additional East Prussia (Ostpreussen)
Record Types
East Prussia (Ostpreussen) Background
Ethnicity
Local Research Resources
Germany Record Types
Germany Background
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Reading the Records[edit | edit source]

German[edit | edit source]

  • It's easier than you think! You do not have to be fluent in German to use these records, as there is only a limited vocabulary used in them. By learning a few key phrases, you will be able to read them adequately. Here are some resources for learning to read German records.
German Genealogical Word List
German Handwriting
  • These video webinars will teach you to read German handwriting:
  • Also online interactive slideshow lessons are available to help you learn to read these records:

This converter will show you how any phrase or name might look in German script:

  • Kurrentschrift Converter (enter German genealogical word, click on "convert", view your word in Kurrentschrift (Gothic handwriting)

Latin Records[edit | edit source]

Records of the Catholic church will usually be written in Latin:

Polish[edit | edit source]

Because part of East Prussia is now in Poland, these articles will help:

Russian[edit | edit source]

Because part of East Prussia is now in Russia, these articles will help: