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Tuesday’s Tip: Translating Luxembourger latin records

Read French and German? Think you’re all set for reading your Luxembourg ancestors’ records? Not so fast…

Prior to the 1790s, the only vital records available were church records. And the church didn’t use the vernacular (the area’s language) for records until fairly recently. Records were written in Latin.

18th century church records


How do you interpret the records? Since the number of Latin translators is relatively limited (and the records somewhat formulaic), consider using a Latin word list.

Here are some great options:

1) Latin in Parish Records explains some of the phrases commonly seen in church records.

2) FamilySearch has a list of words commonly seen in a variety of records but also some suggestions for places to learn more about Latin records.

Still stuck? Contact me, and I’ll try to point you in the right direction.

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