Wednesday, March 3, 2010

What Language?

When researching in Switzerland, get ready to find documents in different languages.  How many languages?  Four.  :)  German, French, Italian, and Romansch, listed in order of occurrence.  Don't let it scare you, though.  Most records you will be reading use certain terms over and over again, such as parents, children, born, married, died, christened, etc. and you can find genealogical research guides that help you with these terms, so after you figure out one particular entry in a source, you'll be able to read the other entries.  And you'll feel pretty intelligent saying you can read a little bit of German, French, Italian, and Romansch!  *wink*

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