German Card for Genealogy Research

The German Card is the best $5 I’ve ever spent, certainly in research terms.

The SGGS German Card is a four-panel card, hinged and laminated, that folds up to the size of a credit card. Around the outside edges of the panels are Kurrentschrift or Alte Deutsche Schrift (“old German script”) and Fraktur alphabets, showing both upper and lower case, arranged so that you can hold each letter directly under the German word you are trying to decipher. It is designed to be carried in one’s wallet or purse for use in the library or at the archives. I have one in my wallet and one by my desktop computer.
This pocket research aid is exclusively available from the Sacramento German Genealogy Society.
The German Card includes:
  • Old German alphabets – upper case and lower case, for both the old German handwriting and the printed Gothic font
  • Basic German vocabulary words as used in church and civil records
  • U.S. census dates for years in which pertinent immigration information appears
  • Basic German genealogy resources
  • Major symbols used in old German genealogical recordkeeping
  • Soundex Code

ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS
The German Card can be ordered from the United States, Canada or overseas.
From a U.S. address:
  • payment (check in U.S. Dollars payable to “SGGS”)
  • a stamped self-addressed business size envelope (When ordering two or three cards from a U.S. address, please affix and additional 55¢ in postage.)
  • your name and shipping address (if your name and address are printed on your check, just write “German Card” on the memo line of your check and you won’t need to include a note giving your name and address.).
From a Canadian or overseas address:
  • payment (check in U.S. Dollars payable to “SGGS”)
  • a large self addressed envelope and two International Postal Reply Coupons (IRC’s) for the first card and one additional IRC for every additional set of two cards ordered
  • your name and shipping address (if your name and address are printed on your check, just write “German Card” on the memo line of your check and you won’t need to include a note giving your name and address.).
Then mail your order to:
SGGS
P.O. Box 660061
Sacramento, CA 95866-0061
 

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.”

3 Comments

  1. Judy Webster 13 May 2014 at 3:06 PM - Reply

    What a great idea! But those of us who live overseas (lots of Germans came to Australia) would be much more likely to buy this card if payments could be made via PayPal (www.paypal.com). I have used PayPal for years, and I love it.

  2. Nancy 13 May 2014 at 4:19 PM - Reply

    I bought mine at the Santa Barbara Genealogical Society, so I was surprised to see they hadn’t yet set it up through PayPal. Judy, I’d be happy to send you one. Or if you order 15, the price drops to $4.25US.

    • Judy Webster 13 May 2014 at 4:23 PM - Reply

      My German research is a very low priority at the moment, but if that changes I may take you up on your kind offer.

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