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Extracting Information from German Vital Records

  • 20 May 2023
  • 10:30 AM
  • via Zoom

From the Cradle to the Grave: Extracting Information from German Vital Records

Birth, marriage, and death records are goldmines of information for German genealogists. Learn how to extract the information you need from these clue-filled documents – even if you don't speak German.

In this information-packed webinar, we will examine three standard vital record forms (birth, marriage, death) in detail, teaching you exactly where you can find the information you so ardently seek - names, parents' names, occupations, hometowns, witnesses, and more. We will also discuss the incredible tools and resources available to make deciphering these specific forms much easier. You'll walk away excited and confident to tackle your ancestors' vital records.

Katherine Schober of Germanology Unlocked is a German-English genealogy speaker, author, and translator, specializing in the old German handwriting. She is the author of “The Magic of German Church Records” and “Tips and Tricks of Deciphering German Handwriting”, as well as the creator of the online courses “Reading the Old German Handwriting" and "German for Genealogists”. Katherine lives in Bend, Oregon with her Austrian husband and their one-year-old son, and can be reached via e-mail at or at her website

Registration available in May

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