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.

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 May 2017.)
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 
Ute Brandenburg
German Script Experts
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. 
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 
(612) 721-4235 
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
(605) 626-7696
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
(303) 652-9963 
German English translator. Familiar with Suetterlin and Fraktur (old German). Will help 
decipher records or letters typecast or written in these styles.