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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.

The Forvo tagline is, “All the words in the world. Pronounced.”

All sound clips on are created by its users, who also have the power to vote on each clip, positively or negatively, in an effort to ensure that the highest quality sound clips have priority in the site’s listings. The pronunciations are also reviewed and edited by a volunteer team of editors. was first envisioned in 2007 by co-founder Israel Rondón, and came to fruition in 2008.

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

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.

In 2008, Forvo was founded with the mission of improving spoken communication across cultures by creating a platform where users could share pronunciations of words in their native language and listen to words pronounced by other native speakers. Today, Forvo is the largest online reference for pronunciations with a database of nearly 4 million words pronounced in over 330 languages – all created and maintained by native speakers.

Forvo continues to work toward its mission as a go-to reference for authentic and veritable word pronunciations through over 116 million site visits annually and over 500,000 registered users. In 2013, Forvo was included in Time Magazine’s “50 Best Websites of the Year.”

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Try Forvo for genealogy research – it can help.

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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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