Though I now have ready access to Google Translate and other online translation tools, I still find word lists helpful.
A major part of that is that:
(1) word lists include genealogy-specific terms
(2) sometimes the language used in older documents is considered archaic and not always part of online translators or dictionaries
These are always examples of genealogists helping genealogists.
I was reminded of this when I re-reviewed the commonly used words translated lists created back in 2015 by Relatively Curious about Genealogy. The languages included are Czech, Danish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Afrikaans, Finnish, Hungarian, Latin, Norwegian, Portuguese, and Swedish.
And, FamilySearch still has the word lists it created years ago. These are still invaluable and the wiki page Word List is the easiest way to access these. Back in the day I used the Finnish, Swedish, German and Polish versions exhaustively as I researched Finnish and Ruthenian ancestors.
Cyndi’s List has a page Languages & Translations >> Foreign Language Translations & Dictionaries: Genealogy which is also quite useful.
Do a google search on “genealogy” and “word list” and many others will come up such as the Norwegian Genealogy Dictionary, Old Flemish Words, and numerous other helpful websites.
What is your favorite genealogical word list?
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