German Genealogical Glossary

A historical German dictionary is a necessity when working in old German documents. FamilySearch Wiki has a good online vocabulary list, and is helpful in general, but will not be useful in all situations. The recommended German genealogical dictionaries are:

  • Adler’s German and English Dictionary by George J. Adler
    • Written in 1879, this dictionary is only available used and in book format. Search for it by name online to find a used copy.
    • This is a very extensive dictionary and is too large to take into an archive.
  • German English Genealogical Dictionary by Ernest Thode
  • For abbreviations, used this website: Europäische Stammtafeln by John P. DuLong, Ph.D.

Vocabulary Lists

Birth| MarriageDeathDiseases | Military and Immigration | Occupations | Feast Days|

Calendars| Days and Months | Numbers | French Republican Calendar | Common Terms


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