Old German Script and Print Transcription and Translation Services


Transcription and Translation of Historical Documents

  •  Scripts = Handwritten Documents such as:

·  Letters and Diaries in Old German 

·  Recipe Books 

·  Birth, Baptismal, Marriage, Death and other Certificates

·  Church books and Family registers

  • Prints = Printed or Typed Documents

· Newspaper articles, Books, and other printed materials

How to get started and what to expect:

Step 1: Contact me and tell me about your project:

  • use the contact form 
  • or send an e-mail to :  whgermantranslation@gmail.com
  • or call me at:  1-312-371-4944 (leave your name, phone number, and a brief message and I will return your call)

Step 2: Send me a copy of your documents so I can inspect them:

The copies should be of high quality and resolution so that all important details are retained. Depending on the size of your project you can either:

  • send them by e-mail to: whgermantranslation@gmail.com 
  • or I will provide you with a link where you can drop large files 
  • or you can send them by regular mail to the address I will provide

Note: If a document is damaged or difficult to read due to paper issues, smeared ink, or aging, it may be beneficial to look at the original. However, in most cases a good quality copy will suffice. 

Step 3: I will provide you with a free quote.

The price will depend on the time it takes me to decipher, transcribe, and translate a document. This in turn greatly depends on the quality of the material,  the size of the project and, most importantly, the clarity of writing. 

Step 4: What you will receive:

  • I will start with a transcription of the old German text into modern-day German 
  • Depending on your interest in the material I can either provide you with a summary of the material in English or with a complete English translation of the text

Note: Often old German letters, documents, and printed texts contain expressions or description of events that are not commonly used or even known anymore. I have an excellent knowledge and understanding of German history, culture, and social conventions. I will provide you with footnotes explaining such occurrences and help you understand the meaning of your letters and documents.

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Additional Translation Services Offered: 

Modern-Day German-English/English-German

Latin-GERMAN and Latin-English




  • Journal articles
  • Tourism content such as travel descriptions, menus