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Old 02-20-2018, 03:45 PM
 
Location: The High Desert
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Has any one had any luck finding a way to read the old church books with Fractur script? The handwriting is bad enough as well as being in German but the script is nearly impossible. I used to be able to decipher a little bit when I was combing through the LDS microfiche years ago but I lost that skill. Ancestry provides images of the church book entry but that’s not all that helpful if you can’t read the script.
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Old 02-21-2018, 10:31 AM
 
Location: OH->FL->NJ
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Scan it and post. Used to be better at it but Ill take a swing at it for free. Note many books follow a pattern so you can tell where the names are by looking at nearby entries which may be more legible to get the pattern.
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Old 02-21-2018, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Frisco, TX
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I’m not exactly sure when Fraktur stopped being taught in German schools, but you might be able to find someone elderly who can should you know any local Germans. Have you tried finding anyone at the church who might be able to help?

It’s difficult enough reading old documents in English. I can’t imagine trying to decipher Fraktur. I’ve always wanted to learn it but just as a hobby.
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Old 02-21-2018, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Dalton Gardens
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Has any one had any luck finding a way to read the old church books with Fractur script? The handwriting is bad enough as well as being in German but the script is nearly impossible. I used to be able to decipher a little bit when I was combing through the LDS microfiche years ago but I lost that skill. Ancestry provides images of the church book entry but that’s not all that helpful if you can’t read the script.
Not sure if these would be helpful or not, but worth a try...

Fraktur | Yale University Library

20 Tips for Deciphering Old German Handwriting - Katherine Schober, SK Translations
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Old 03-29-2018, 07:52 AM
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To OP try www.reddit.com/r/germany/ or www.reddit.com/r/europe/ someone there might know.
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Old 03-29-2018, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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There's a good guide here: https://script.byu.edu/Pages/German/en/intro.aspx

But there's also Facebook groups that will help with this sort of thing. There's the German Genealogy group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GermanGenealogy/ and also the Genealogy Translation group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/genealogytranslation/ - either one will have people skilled with German willing to help
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Old 03-29-2018, 10:19 AM
 
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It is not easy. My wife could once speak and write in modern German but cannot read Old German without her old-modern translation book. It takes her 15-20 minutes/page. Even a German native speaking helper at the LDS Family History Library in SLC had to take her time. I'd suggest finding someone here or on Ancestry's message boards. You can post a copy of the doc in either place.
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