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Forvo for Genealogy

Forvo for genealogy is today’s post. Forvo lets you hear how words are pronounced in foreign languages.

Forvo allows access to, and playback of, pronunciation sound clips in many different languages. Their slogan is “All the words in the world. Pronounced.”

I’ve been doing a lot of work on my Prussian lines in my German Genealogy class. My eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Prussian villages located in Poland since the end of World War II, and have Polish names that I have no idea how to pronounce them.

For example, Freienwalde, Pomerania, Prussia, is now Chociwel, Poland. Click here to hear is how it’s pronounced, which of course is nothing like how I would have guessed. was first envisioned in 2007 by co-founder Israel Rondón, and came to fruition in 2008. is owned by Forvo Media SL, based in San Sebastián, Spain. Forvo’s ‘About’-page states Forvo to be the largest pronunciation guide website on the Internet.It has been listed in the 50 best websites of 2013 by Time.

Try Forvo for genealogy research – it can help.

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”


  1. Claudia 10 May 2013 at 6:45 AM

    I find this fascinating and will be spending way to much time here.

    • Sassy Jane Genealogy 10 May 2013 at 9:49 AM

      It can be a timesuck, but at least we’re learning something.

  2. Jana Last 10 May 2013 at 9:09 AM

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    Have a great weekend! By the way, I love the name of your blog!

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