German Script Experts is a leader in German Genealogy. As a bilingual American citizen raised and educated in Germany, Ute Brandenburg combines the best of two worlds. She also merges time-honored research strategies with cutting-edge DNA technology.

German Script Experts offers:

  • Exceptional skills in reading old scripts from four centuries
  • Intimate knowledge of a wide range of regional German dialects and historical terms
  • A thorough understanding of German history,  geography, and culture
  • Strong Latin translation skills
  • Up-to-date knowledge of online repositories and databases
  • Experience researching in German archives
  • Superb English writing skills

German Script Experts is US-based:

  • Fully familiar with US genealogical resources needed to trace immigrants to their German hometowns
  • Extensive experience researching at US courthouses, in county genealogical collections, US church records, small town US newspapers
  • Uses DNA in combination with record research to solve the most challenging cases
  • Regularly travels to Germany for research

Ute Brandenburg frequently presents to Midwest audiences on topics of interest to descendants of German immigrants. She is the author of the column Heimatbote, published by The In-Depth Genealogist.

 PLEASE NOTE: There is currently a waiting period of approximately four months for new clients, due to already scheduled projects. I am currently not adding translation-only clients.

5 thoughts on “Home

  1. Dear Ute,
    many, many thanks for your help in finding more details about my ancestors from East Prussia. You’ve done an excellent job.
    >Liebe Ute,
    vielen vielen Dank für deine Hilfe bei der Suche nach Einzelheiten zu meinen Vorfahren aus Ostpreussen. Du hast eine hervorragende Arbeit geleistet und komme bei weiteren Fragen sicher wieder<


  2. Ute, You have done it again. Thank you so much for finding another generation of my German ancestors. I also appreciate your forethought in finding the book on Helsen. I can’t wait to see what you find.


  3. Ute! Putting together my family story has been a highlight of my life. I couldn’t have done this without your expert genealogy research, your expertise in old German script, and your guidance in making a few of my own queries. You confirmed my great-great grandfathers management of the Circus Renz. You found that he had actually stepped into the lions cage in the event of the death of the lion-tamer due to pneumonia! The show must go on! You found the conversion of my ancestors from Judaism to Lutheranism in the 1870s. You found that I had a scoundrel great-great-great grandfather, “Whereabouts unknown”, who left his wife and family because of debt. But! You found him married with a whole new family in England there after!
    You have reached out to your vast network of friends and fellow genealogists to help me. You have found addresses of homes in Berlin and Bracht that still stand today. It is my hope to visit these places within the next year.
    Working with you, Ute, has been a fun and exciting journey. Thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    Sincerely, Becky H.


  4. Dear Ute,

    I have recently inherited a large volume of documents, letters and old photos (people and gravestones) from both of my parents and I need both research and translation as I am trying to understand the history and preserve the story of our ancestors for the next generation. Both my parents and their families have long histories in Germany going back to at least the 1700’s. They fled Germany in 1938 (my mother) and early 1939 (my father). I have many questions, lots of information and no relatives who can help. I do not speak German. My father passed away in 2009 and my mother is 91 and her memory is difficult.

    Can you help me?

    I would like to become a new client and am fine with waiting until you have the time to work with me.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,

    Best regards,



  5. I have a number of letters from 1945 that my mother received with information about her family until the were killed in Auschwitz-Birkenau.

    Can you give me an indication of the cost of translating an A4 page?

    Kind regards



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