Reading the Old German Handwriting

Transform the Scribble of the Script into the Stories of Your Ancestors

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Testimonials

One of the best genealogy decisions I've ever made:

After 20+ years of dealing with German Catholic records that primarily used Latin script, last September I connected to a Lutheran line that used Kurrentschrift which I've always found challenging (to say the least). While I could pick out names, dates and places I knew that I was missing a great deal of detail.

Katherine's course is aimed at keeping learning Kurrentschrift not only enjoyable but achievable. I truly would recommend the course to anyone who is serious about being able to get the most detail out of their family's documents.

I'm not done with the course yet but I've noticed an improvement in what I can read and understand. The course is one of the best genealogy decisions I've ever made. - Kurt Cook, Salt Lake City, UT

A break-through:

I'm thrilled to have started this course! My maternal grandmother was Swiss and I have been researching the branches of her family from county Schaffhausen. Some of the writing is a bit of a nightmare so I'm very keen to conquer some of the difficulties in reading (and then translating) those entries in the church records. I have completed the section on vowels and was thrilled to now be able to differentiate between the 'e' and the 'o'. Katherine's explanation of the position of the right hand stroke was a break-through. I've also had fun with some of the flashcards! Some great variations available :) - Lis Drew, Australia

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Why I Made the Course

All About "Reading the Old German Handwriting"


What if you had the power to decipher your ancestors' documents all by yourself? What if those scribbles on your ancestors' church records actually meant something to you?

I'll tell you what: You can, and they will!

Have you finally found your ancestors' German documents, but can't read that tricky German handwriting? Or perhaps you can recognize some of the words, but you'd like to improve your skills and increase your reading speed. Either way, this course is for you! Designed as the ultimate guide for reading the old German script, this course starts with the basics - learning the individual letters of the alphabet - and culminates in reading entire genealogical records - vital records, church records, and more.

A Style of Learning for All: Video Lectures - Flashcards - Matching Games - Reading - Writing - Tests & Quizzes - Practice Records - Discussion Forum

Once you enroll, you'll receive:

  • In-Depth Look at the Individual Letters of the Alphabet + Tricks on How to Recognize Them
  • Guide to Common Letter Combinations in the German Script + How to Sightread Them
  • Practice Section on Deciphering Short Words from Actual Genealogical Documents
  • Deep Dive into the Vocabulary on German Records, such as:
    • Names
    • Months
    • Abbreviations
    • Milestone Words
    • Occupations
    • Causes of Death
  • Practice Section on Deciphering These Words from Actual Genealogical Documents
  • Lessons on Reading Specific Genealogical Records (Videos and Text)
  • Actual Genealogical Records to Decipher + Answer Keys
  • Downloadable Articles on the Best Tips and Tricks for Reading the Old German Handwriting
  • Discussion Forum to Discuss Struggles and Victories with Fellow "Classmates"

Once you finish this course, you'll be itching to go decipher your ancestors' records - and will feel very proud of yourself as you realize you now can do it!

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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
Access is unlimited! After enrolling, you have access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Do I need any experience with German to take this course?
No experience with the German language is necessary! This course has an entire section focused on German vocabulary you will find in genealogy records - along with how to recognize these words in the old German handwriting. While this course primarily focuses on the script, you can't help but learn some German along the way!
This course would be a big investment for me. Is it worth the price?
It is! If you can learn to read the old German handwriting yourself, this will save you a great deal on paying for translations. Not that I want everyone to stop buying translations - that is my business, after all - but I am a teacher at heart, and I love to see my students succeed. I truly believe you can learn the handwriting, and that you will enjoy that sense of accomplishment you feel from deciphering your own ancestors' documents. It is fun, I promise!
Are refunds available?
If you are not satisfied with the course within 30 days of purchase, you will receive a full refund. We want happy customers!
Can I download and print the course materials or will I only be able to see them on my computer?
Many of the course materials can be downloaded and printed out. These include all vocabulary lists, all text documents and articles, and all practice records and their answer sheets. The video lessons cannot be downloaded, but you may watch them on your computer as often as you like. The interactive activities - flashcards, games, etc. - are also meant for your computer only, but the words that these activities cover are available in your downloadable vocabulary lists.
Is the course fun?
That was my main goal! As adults, we're no longer required to go to school - so when we choose to learn something, it should be a fun experience. This course includes flashcards, matching games, listening activities, and fun tests and quizzes - a style of learning for everyone!
 

Class Curriculum


  Welcome!
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  Discussion Forum
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  Introduction: Why Did Our Ancestors Use the Old German Script?
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  A. Individual Letters, Lesson 4: Common Combos (Common Letter Combinations in German Handwriting)
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  A. Give it a Go!: Deciphering Short Words Yourself
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  B. Give it a Go!: Deciphering Vocabulary Words Yourself
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  C. Reading Records: Tips and Tricks of Deciphering the Old German Handwriting
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  C. Reading Records: Transcribing Letters
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Your Instructor


Katherine Schober
Katherine Schober

Katherine Schober is a German-English genealogy translator who has translated for both The History Channel and PBS' Finding Your Roots. She works with the old German script in letters, diaries, certificates, church records, and more, helping people like you decipher the clues to their ancestors' lives. With a Master's Degree in German coupled with a passion for history and language, Katherine truly enjoys working with the documents of the past - and knows this course will enable you to do the same!

Contact: language@sktranslations.com

Website: https://sktranslations.com/


 

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