What to Do if You Don't Know Dutch
Don't worry too much! Many of the New Netherland records have been translated into English and there's plenty of people out there who are willing to help you. I do recommend that you learn a few key terms, however. (Click here to go to a Glossary of Common Terms in New Netherland Research.)
- Family Search's Dutch Genealogical Word List
- Travlang (English-Dutch)- an English-Dutch dictionary service.
- learndutch.org- distance learning program for learning Dutch.
- Dutch and Other Languages at the CarPark- links to learning the languge and its history, dialects, etc. with information on Frisian, Flemish, etc.
- SmartPhrase.com- phrases, vocabulary, and pronunciation.
(Spoken in the Dutch province of Friesland)
- Best Frisian Links
- Frisian at NedWeb- Background information plus an audio file of an example of how Frisian sounds.
- Travlang (English-Frisian)- an English-Frisian dictionary service.
- Willem Rabbelier's Old Dutch Handwriting- includes images of old Dutch letters, abbreviations, and examples of marks.
- Bentz, Edna M., If I Can You Can Decipher Germanic Records, (self-published, 1982)- shows examples of Germanic letters with variations; also lists of illnesses, occupations, and titles.
- Help with Old Handwriting- not neccessarily about old Dutch script but it does contain general help.
(click here for tips and links)
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Last updated 5 Nov 2003.
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