Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Word lists

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If you are doing research in other languages you will want to create a word list for that language. FamilySearch has wonderful genealogy word lists for most languages but these are not enough.  When you are actually looking at parish records or civil registry records there will be words that are idiosyncratic to that specific area of the country or even that specific parish or civil jurisdiction.   Certain ministers or civil clerks may use particular words and phrases over and over.  You need to make a note of these words so that you aren’t spending all of your time looking things up in a dictionary.  Be aware that Latin is commonly used in parish records so you will also need a word list for that.  Latin is much less flexible than the other languages so the printed word list from FamilySearch will likely be all you need. 

Screenshot from the FamilySearch Wiki

 

Here are a few of the word lists.
Latin
Danish
Dutch
French
German
Italian
Norwegian
Polish
Russian
Spanish

 

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