Genealogy Data Collection
Language Meister can be of help in search for your ancestors whether you are just starting on your quest or whether you have already put together some useful information.
- Decipher names
- Research entries from ships' manifests
- Guide you to the right source material
- Research place names
- Decipher and translate the old German script in your ancestor records
- Translate German to English, English to German, French to German, Spanish to German, some dialects
Here are some helpful hints for beginning your search:
- Start with the person in your family who is of German descent (this could be your husband or yourself)
- Look for family memorabilia and heirlooms, such as letters, diaries, bibles and photo albums
- Ask a lot of questions and gather information from your parents, grandparents and other living relatives. Often neighbors of your older relatives can be of help, too.
- Try to be as organized as possible and enter all the information in one place. There are very good computer programs that make your search easier.
- Once you have collected names, places and dates, verify their accuracy. You may also consider joining a Genealogical society if there is one in your area.
- Start identifying the most helpful resources available. The LDS (Latter Day Saints) Family History Library in Salt Lake City is one of the best resources available (it is listed under "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints").
Once you start your search you will uncover more and more online sites where you can glean useful information.
Here is a website which highlights 50 of the most current genealogy websites: