Monday, February 25, 2008

BookShelf: Deciphering Gothic Records

While pouring through items offered at the Maia’s Books in the visiting vendor area at the St. George Family History Expo, I ran across a small spiral-bound booklet of tremendous value to those of us attempting to read old German script with numerous examples of common alphabet variations:

Deciphering Gothic Records
By Fay S. Dearden
© 1996 by the author
Payson, AZ: Family Tree Press

For instance, in one Gothic alphabet, there are 12 variations for a capital “F”. Also included are basic German vocabulary words for births, burial, christening, death and marriage and references to other useful books. If you’d like to pick up a copy, it is only $6.95 plus shipping. Buy two and give one to your local Family History Center or public library.

Contact my new friend Martha Mercer, of Maia's Books & Misc. and on the web at:, Her number in Ohio is 614.838.1280.

Mailing Address:
PO Box 26416
Columbus, Ohio 43226

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

© 2008 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

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