Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tuesday's Tip: Help with French-to-English Genealogy Translations

We know your frustration.... You've just found an ancestor's record – but you can't read it! What do you do now?

French Manuscript
If you can read the handwriting well enough, you can try typing the information into Google Translate and hope for a good result.  You can also try using a foreign word list with English translations and hope you do not miss any important details.  A better solution is to hire a translator. A genealogy translator will transcribe (copy) and translate the record for you so that you do not have to deal with handwriting and language issues.

Godfrey currently offers French-to-English translations. If you're interested, please call the library at 860-346-4375 for more information about this service.

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