Would You Learn Another Language to Help Your Genealogy Research?

How dedicated of a genealogist are you? Would you learn another language to help with your genealogy research? A.J. Caliendo has an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Bringing touch of Germany to Pittsburgh, that mentions just that. Elisabeth Mandl has taught several people German, who were studying Germanic roots.

Excerpt from the article:

The retired teacher and translator is a native of Schwenninger in the Black Forest region of Western Germany who now lives in McCandless. She said teaching the classes keeps her close to her roots, a goal that also plays a part in the decision of many of her students to learn the language.

“I think a lot of them have some German background,” she said of the mostly adult members of her classes, which run 10 consecutive Saturdays at the Northland Library in McCandless. “It’s the genealogy [that attracts them.] They want to look up old records [written in German.]”

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