Aids for deciphering German death notices

The following files may be downloaded as PDFs.

Fraktur Guide (162 KB): A guide to deciphering the Gothic typeface used in German-language publications.

German word list (122 KB): A list of German words commonly used in death notices with their English equivalents.

"Deciphering Death Notices in German Newspapers" in PastPorts, Vol. 3, No. 1 (January 2010) 

See also "Westliche Post death notices | Examples of published death notices" (web page) elsewhere on this website.


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