Saturday, December 1, 2012

Some sites with Swedish genealogical vocabulary words

Many people worry about reading the Swedish genealogical records because they don't know how to read Swedish. However, many of us know little to no Swedish. We are not able to hold conversations in Swedish or read books in Swedish. We are still able to get MUCH information from the Swedish parish records. If we can do it, so can you. ;-)

For the most part, the records are written in a set pattern. The guidebooks (listed earlier in this blog) are great at helping us get started, and actually, it doesn't take long to figure out what sort of information is likely to be in each record.

Also, there are some wonderful sites with genealogical vocabulary for Swedish research. (The modern dictionaries are not as helpful because the records often use archaic Swedish. I've been told by a few Swedes that they also had to learn the archaic words used in the records. We who don't speak Swedish are not the only ones who have to learn these words.)

I have found these sites very helpful.

SweGGate (Click on the previous word: SweGGate) for the link.) has several dictionaries with difficult-to-find words, arranged by categories for the most part.

Family Search

This list can be sorted by English or Swedish.


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