Germanic Genealogy Society
The people listed below have agreed to help you with your translations. Most will translate from German to English. Note there are others who will translate to and from several languages.
Contact them individually to discuss their availability, their experience and the scope, schedule, and cost of your project.
If you need translators for other languages, see the list at the Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS)
If you would like to be added to our list, please contact us at

Tips before contacting a translator:
  • Script means handwritten; Print means printed or typed.
  • If your local school offers German, ask the teacher if he / she could translate for you.  Keep in mind that the ability to read old German script is rare.
  • When working with a translator send/email only a copy of the original document, not the original.
  • Be prepared to send additional samples of handwriting, in addition to record to be translated. This may include the entire page where the desired entry is found, or multiple pages.  These can assist translators become familiar with the specific author's penmanship.
(This list was last updated Dec 2018.)
Esther Bauer, Ph.D
German Translations
Phoenix, AZ
Native German speaker, bilingual, German genealogy records both Gothic script and typed. Will also do LDS microfilm searches.
*Associated with a research team in Germany with expertise in Thuringia, Bavaria, Hesse, Saxony, Oldenburg and Hanover. (Most of these areas have not been filmed by LDS.) 
Ute Brandenburg
German Script Experts Iowa
Bilingual speaker with 20 years of German genealogy experience. Can read Gothic script and has an understanding of German culture, geography, and history.
Can translate documents and assist with German research.
Brian Buuck
12818 Van Buren St. NE
Blaine, MN 55434
612-232-0617 / 763-754-1640
Has done extensive translation work, speaks German and is married to a native German wife who ably can assist him. He can translate anything from German to English: including old German documents both printed and handwritten, old German script and modern Germans texts.
Richard Embs
70 E. Pacemont Road
Columbus, OH 43202-1223
Translator of German; old Gothic script written and typed.
Kermit Frye
152 Spring Valley Circle
Bloomington, MN 55420
German translation from records on a form; church records.
Wilma Hofmann 
Buffalo, NY 
Native German speaker born and raised in the German state of Thuringia (Thüringen), bilingual, residing in the USA for 15+ years. Can translate 15 th to 21 st century German handwritten documents and prints German-English and English-German, also offers Latin translations. Extensive knowledge regarding German history, culture, and conventions and can help you understand the meanings of your texts.
Gene Janssen
6670 Vernon Avenue #301
Edina, MN 55436
Translator of German and printed German script.
Ivan Klima
2816 – 35th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406-1710
Native Czech willing to translate Czech to English and English to Czech.
Liselotte Kuster
2907 Pierce Avenue
LaCrosse, WI 54603
608-781-4918 – tel.
608-781-0087 – Fax
Native of German-speaking Switzerland, professional translator.
Will translate into German and English from German, English, French and Spanish, some Latin. German script and Fraktur (old print). 
Ginny Lewis, Ph.D.
Professor of German
Northern State University
Aberdeen SD 57401
Ph.D. in German with many years successful experience translating printed and handwritten documents and letters from German into English. Can translate Fraktur type and the scripts: Kurrentschrift, and Sütterlinschrift. I teach translation skills at a regional university and can also translate from French and Hungarian into English, and from English into German. Modest rates and fast turn-around on genealogical projects important to you.
Ginny Lewis, Ph.D.

Maggie Mau
1514 – 210th Street
Truman, MN 56088
German translation
Zella Mirick
3784 South Hills Court
St. Paul, MN 55123-1212
Will translate German civil and church records on a standard printed format.
Janet and Warren Mitchell
1539 Stonewood Lane
Eagan, MN 55122
Specializing in 16th – 19th century German handwritten record translations
Erika Neidert
German Language Service
German Specialty Imports
19580 Bernard Avenue
Prior Lake, MN 55372
952-226-2563 - Business
952-270-8095 - Cell
Native German speaker, bilingual. Will translate into German from English and English to German. Translates German script and Fraktur (old print), German genealogy records both Gothic script and typed. Will also do LDS microfilm searches.
Katherine Schober
Phone: 314-660-1061
Professional German translator with experience translating both in the US and Europe.  Translate handwritten letters, certificates, newspapers and other documents to assist you in your genealogical search. Able to read Kurrent (early 16th century-mid-20th century handwriting), Suetterlin (early-mid-20th century handwriting), Fraktur (typeface up until mid-20th century) and modern day German.
M. Charlotte Wolf, Ph.D.
8198 Dry Creek Circle
Niwot, CO 80503
German English translator. Familiar with Suetterlin and Fraktur (old German). Will help decipher records or letters typecast or written in these styles.