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Lower Saxony Language and Handwriting

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Reading the Records[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:

Languages spoken in Freistaat Sachsen[edit | edit source]

The people of Saxony speak in Saxon and Lausitz and in a mixture of Thuringian and East Frankish dialects. These belong to the family of East Middle German languages. In the Lausitz (a cultural area in the East of Saxony) 60.000 people speak a dialect of the West Slavic language group: Upper Sorbian. See also

Brunswick[edit | edit source]

Braunschweigisch Dialect