Germans until fairly recently used a form of handwriting called Kurrentschrift. It evolved over time just like a language, giving each century distinctive looking styles of script. Kurrent’s last variant, Sütterlin, was taught in German schools in the 1930s. Only after 1941 did students learn to write in Latin script.
Anyone interested in German genealogy and history will inevitably come across records in Kurrent Script. Even with the help of online tutors, researchers can be faced with an insurmountable challenge when studying handwritten German records. With the exception of the oldest generation, most Germans today can no longer read Kurrent.
German family history research is my passion. I am bilingual, with over twenty years of experience in German genealogy. I received my education in Germany, making me uniquely qualified to interpret the finer details of a language with pronounced regional differences, and subtle changes in vocabulary and meaning that have occurred over the centuries. I am intimately familiar with German culture, geography, and history. Whether you have documents for translation, or would like to discover your family’s story through research in German records, I am here to assist you.
As a resident of the State of Iowa, I have a special interest in German immigration to the Midwest. I have successfully identified German origins of settlers in Iowa and surrounding states, allowing my clients to take the leap across the Atlantic and discover their family’s rich heritage in the Homeland.