Jean Reuter was born in 1795. That’s good news and bad news. The good news: unlike many other countries, Luxembourg has records going back that far. The bad news: they’re church records. That means that they a) are on the parish level and b) are in Latin.
So, how can you locate and read the record you need?
- Keep in mind that there are many parishes in a modern commune. Don’t fixate on the commune name – it probably won’t be on the list for FamilySearch.
- Check out this great Rootsweb website, which allows you to locate parishes by village.
- Once you have the parish name, go to “Luxembourg Church Records” collection on FamilySearch.
Once you’ve found the record, how do you read it?
- Use the FamilySearch genealogical word list to identify major words.
- Not finding the word you need? Check out this detailed post on Genealogy Bank’s blog!
- Too complicated to trace every word. Consider hiring a translator from APG.
I’ve got a few more microfilms to read… Hopefully I’ll find his baptism soon!