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This is a page to bring together Wikitreers with language skills (who are able and willing to volunteer some time and energy from time to time), with those Wikitreers who need assistance in interpreting a resource in a language other than their own.

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Language Wikitree volunteer Info
English Francis Lehman My native languages are Afrikaans and English (both sides of the family were bilingual). I also read basic Dutch.
Afrikaans Philip Van der Walt My native languages are Afrikaans and English (both sides of the family were bilingual). I also speak, read and write Dutch fluently.
Afrikaans Ronel Olivier My native language is Afrikaans and I am available to help
Afrikaans Louis Johannes Louw My home language is Afrikaans and i will help with documents that is in Afrikaans(One of the 11 official languages of South Africa)
Afrikaans Susanna de Bruyn My native language is Afrikaans and willing to help
Afrikaans Anneme van Berge My native language is Afrikaans and willing to help translate any documents and information.
Arabic/French Fadhl I am able to help with Arabic from time to time.
Arabic/French Richard Hay I am a native English speaker with fluency in Arabic and French.
Basque Anders Lanzén I am Swedish but living in the Spanish Basque country and also speak Basque (euskera).
Bulgarian R Neff My Bulgarian is pretty basic, but my wife is fluent in that (and Russian).
Catalan Cervera_Balaña-1 I'm a native Catalan and Spanish speaker. I'm available to translate Catalan/Spanish to English.
Czech Stanislav Hostomský Native Czech speaker with some English skills.
Czech Ladislav Dvořák Native Czech speaker
Czech Petr Sedloň Native Czech speaker, I am available with translation short texts from Czech to English.
Czech Michelle Hartley Available to help with Czech Republic research and Czech parish online digital archives in Latin & Czech Language. I am available to research in Oklahoma.
Czech/Slovak Anton Molčan Native Slovak speaker living in the Czech Republic. Happy to assist with translations. (I may also be able to help with some rudimentary Hungarian, Polish or Ukrainian in Czecho-Slovak records)
Danish Ole Selmer My mother tongue is Danish
Danish Susan Laursen Danish native speaker.
Danish Paul Bech I'm not a native speaker but can interpret most genealogical info from church register entries, and may be able to help in searching the registers.
Danish Dagmar Thorisdottir I'm have been living in Denmark for 25 years and can help with most danish text.
Dutch Annemarie Kalishoek I am Dutch and willing to translate from English to Dutch or from Dutch to English
Dutch Jennie Schouten I am Dutch, I can help search in Dutch databases and translate Dutch information into English
Dutch Martyn Grifhorst I am Dutch and live in the Netherlands. I'm willing to help in translation, interpretation and searching in Dutch databases
Dutch Jan Terink I am Dutch and can be of assistance in suggesting and/or looking up sources, translate Dutch to English, and visit local archives if necessary
Dutch Bea Wijma I am Dutch and willing to look for sources in Dutch databases, and translate in English or German.
Dutch Margreet Beers I am Dutch and can be of assistance in suggesting and/or looking up sources, translate in English and German and can be of assistance for any Spanish translations (not as fluent as my English and German).
Dutch Lennart van Haaften I'm Dutch and can help translate Dutch records and search Dutch archives.
Dutch Astrid Spaargaren I am Dutch, but born German and willing to look for sources in Dutch databases, and translate in English or German.
Dutch Filip Beunis Flemish (=Dutch) is my native language, and I'd be happy to help translating records, looking for Belgian sources, or in any other way.
Esperanto Scott Starkey I'm a fluent Esperanto speaker
Esperanto Robin van der Vliet I'm a fluent Esperanto speaker from the Netherlands.
Farsi خسرو ادیب سمیعی (Khosrow Adib Samii) I'm a fluent speaker of Farsi
Finnish Atro Tossavainen Finnish is my native language and I live in Finland. I am willing to help with translation, interpretation and searching in Finnish databases.
Finnish Juha Soini A native of Finland. I used to live in Sweden and am fluent in Swedish as well as quite good at English.
French Mystery Grand'Maison My first language is French and I have a pretty big vocabulary(I even understand legal jargon and old french from documents). I am a Quebec native. Happy to help out however you need!
French Steve Bartlett A Brit who has lived in France for more than 20 years. Good understanding of modern French vocabulary
French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, German. Erin Johnson I am fluent in French; I took classes from 8th grade through my senior year of highschool and continue to study on my own. I am teaching myself Haitian Creole and am at about an intermediate level. I am fluent in Spanish, self taught although just started working on a Spanish major and have volunteered with Spanish speaking groups in my community. I took two semesters of Russian in college and am at an intermediate level. I'm also teaching myself Italian, Portuguese, and German. I'm high intermediate with Italian and intermediate with Portuguese and German. I'm studying several other languages and am at varying levels with those; these are listed on my page. I'm happy to help in any way I can! :)
French P Cousineau I am a fluent French speaker.
French Roland Arsenault Acadian French is my native language.
French Barbara Cutter Studied French for 8 years.
French Maggie N I am American.I'm not a native speaker but willing to help translate genealogical records.
French Guy Constantineau French canadian is my native language. I'm willing to help in translation, interpretation and searching in french databases (Québec).
French Jean-Marie Baltimore French is my native language and I live in France as well. I'm willing to help translate genealogical documents and do some lookouts on French databases (France and all French overseas departments like Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint-Barthélémy, etc).
French Isabelle Rassinot French is my native language and I live in France. I'm willing to help translate genealogical documents and also research specific documents in the French or Belgian archives (online). I would also be happy to provide biographies in French (for French notables, for example).
French Bernard Vatant French is my native language and I live in France. I can help with search and translation of France online archives.
French Emma McBeth Although not a native speaker, I can read and write French and have experience translating genealogical documents (as long as they are not full of legal jargon). As a greeter, I also help greet new guests in French.
French Benjamin Frey Fluent in French. Native English Speaker. I'm not a professional translator, but I'm happy to help translate or interpret documents.
French Tamara Knowles I speak French and English
French E Reffell
French Filip Beunis Although I'm from the Flemish part of Belgium, my knowledge of French is good enough to help translating records, looking for Belgian sources, or in any other way.
French/Canadian French Rachel Nadeau I was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine USA, where many Quebequois migrated. The French-Canadian vernacular was spoken at home and with other relatives. I learned standard French in school. I understand the spoken language best, but can read and speak well enough to "get by".
German Dieter Lewerenz I am a native German and offer to help translate German documents into English.

Since I can read many old German handwritings, I am also able to transcribe and then translate them. I can even say that I love to extract the secrets from these old scripts.

German Thorsten Alge I am a German native speaker offering assistance in translating and interpreting German genealogical sources. I am also able to read old German Script in most cases.
German Nicky Dorrington I am a fluent German speaker willing to help in translating German documents and records
German Martyn Grifhorst I'm not a native speaker but can interpret most genealogical info
German Katharina Boss German is my native language. I am also fluent in English. I can read old German script without a problem and descipher handwritings in most cases.
German Andreas Köhler I am a German native speaker offering assistance in translating and interpreting German genealogical sources
German Daniel Schewe I am a German native speaker offering assistance in translating and interpreting German genealogical sources. I am also able to read old German Script in most cases.
German Thorsten Alge I am a German native speaker offering assistance in translating and interpreting German genealogical sources into English
German Marianna Campbell I have been working with Old High German for over 10 years. I am not a native speaker but have taken several college courses in German. I can help with the translation of most documents. There are several words in old high german that I cannot translate due to the fact that they are slang and no translation exists in current languages.
German Bea Wijma I am willing to help in translating German documents and records and/ or look for them in the German online archives.
German Reinhard John I am a native German speaker
German Lothar Wolf I am a native German speaker offering assistance in translating and interpreting German genealogical sources. I am also able to read old German Script in most cases.
German Michael Wolfgang Dietrich I am a native German speaker offering assistance in translating German genealogical sources.
German Constantin S. Groß I am a native German speaker. However, I'm not very good at reading old script (or scruffy handwriting in general, for that matter).
German Astrid Spaargaren I am Dutch, but born German, reading and (lazy at writing German) understanding modern German 100% and willing to look at any German document that needs translation to Dutch or English or for sources in Dutch databases, and translate in English or even German.
German Alex Pippitt I studied in Germany for 4.5 years; my husband is a native speaker. We can help with translation.
German Stanislav Schmidt I speak both German and Russian, and can assist with transcribing and translating both languages
German E Reffell including Middle High German
Haitian Creole Brian Loiseau Brian is a native English speaker and an advanced speaker of Haitian Creole (our first to register!). He is new to WikiTree, and is available to welcome Haitian members or assist with the language.
Hebrew ShiraDestinie JonesLandrac Spoke modern Hebrew (interII) 20 yr ago, now read Biblical and Ketubah Hebrew fairly well, can help with marriage and family docs. ShiraDest
Hindi Vivek Chamedia Hindi is used in India. Vivek is a native speaker and is willing and able to assist.
Hungarian J (Palotay) Szent-Györgyi I'm fluent in Hungarian and have some experience with translating genealogical records into English. (I can also often manage the basic sort of Latin that occurs in church registers.)
Hungarian Ádám Kovács I am a native hungarian offering help with translating and deciphering genealogical records from Hungary.
Hungarian Maggie N I am American.I'm not a native speaker but willing to help translate genealogical records.
Icelandic Dagmar Thorisdottir I am an Icelandic native speaker.
Italian Enrico Davini If wikitree users need to translate (or read) italian documents , I can help . please look my profile in wikitree and my web site http://www.genealogiadavini.it or my group "Cognome Davini" on Facebook
Italian Caitlin Arndt Native English speaker, fluent in Italian. I'm available for translation IT>EN as needed. Though I consider English my native language, Sicilian was what I learned first, learning Italian formally later. So, if you happen to be having translation trouble in regard to Sicily, I may be able to help.
Italian E Reffell self taught
Italian Karen Brubaker Sometimes I'm available for translation from Italian to English or reading documents.
Italian Nathan Margrett I am available to assist with IT>EN translations. B2 level Italian speaker with experience researching my own family's Italian ancestors in Sicily.
Japanese Catlan McCann Intermediate to Advanced speaker of Japanese and fluent speaker of English
Latin Maggie N Willing to help translate genealogical records.
Latin Michelle Hartley Willing to help read Latin records
Latin Samantha Rogers Willing to help translate Latin records.
Latin E Reffell
Latin Filip Beunis I have quite some experience with baptism, marriage, burial and other records written in (church) Latin, and would be happy to help translating records, looking for Belgian sources in Latin, or in any other way.
Lithuanian Adrija Jackson Lithuanian is my mother language. Fluent in English.
Mandarin Willa Truter English and Afrikaans seems to have loads of people already - but let me know if I can help. I could also perhaps help out with some Mandarin (Chinese) - and where I cant translate, I might be able to refer you to my friends that will be able to
Norwegian A. R. McEnroe I grew up bilingual in Norwegian and English. I am currently a masters student so I can't promise lots of time but I am happy to help. I also would probably be able to find a friend who could help if I do not have the time.
Norwegian Leif Biberg Kristensen I'm a native Norwegian, and Project Coordinator of the Norway Project here on WikiTree. I'm a retiree and usually available during most of the waking hours of Europe.
Persian valign="top" width="150" E Reffell self taught
Polish M. Kurdej I am a Polish native speaker. I can help you in translation from time to time. I may have some piece of advice on searching for ancestors in Poland. I may help with documents in Polish, Russian or Latin.
Polish Mike Choroszewski I am English, I can read and speak Polish, although not fluent I would be happy to help.
Polish Caitlin Arndt Native English speaker, fluent in Polish. Can offer translation PL>EN or vice versa as needed. My education in Polish is formal but I have also lived in Poland.
Polish E Reffell self taught
Portuguese/Brazilian Portuguese Vanessa I am brazilian and can help translating records to English, German or Italian.
Portuguese Roland Arsenault I know a bit of Portuguese and can decipher some records.
Portuguese Arturo Cuellar I'm from Mexico and fluent in English and Spanish. Also, I can help to read Portuguese. I like to help as volunteer in these three languages.
Portuguese Jean-Marie Baltimore Portuguese is not my native language but I lived more than 15 years in Brazil and have been married 3 times and still is married to a Brazilian. I'm willing to help translate Portuguese genealogical records to English or French.
Portuguese E Reffell
Portuguese Ricardo Lindengrün Portuguese is my native language. I can read and write english fluently. I can try to help with spanish, french, italian and galician.
Romanian Radu Croitor Radu can assist with translation of Romainian.
Russian Oleg Zhoglo I speak Russian.
Russian Evelina Staub I can help with translation of Russian documents into English and German, but I can't read handwriting.
Russian Daria Olerinskaya I am a native speaker and can read handwriting.
Russian Stanislav Schmidt I speak both Russian and German, and can assist with transcribing and translating both languages
Sinhalese Kisholi Mendis I am Sri Lankan and am a native speaker of Sinhalese (also identified as Singhalese). I have full speaking and writing proficiency and would love to help in any way I can.
Slovak Caitlin Arndt Native English speaker, advanced proficiency in Slovak. Can translate documents from SK>EN as needed. Not fluent, but very proficient in reading.
Spanish Arturo Cuellar I'm from Mexico and fluent in English and Spanish. Also, I can help to read Portuguese. I like to help as volunteer in these three languages.
Spanish Seán Sloane Johnson English is my mother tongue but speak Spanish fluently, Catalan fairly well
Spanish Ignacio García Schmidt I'm a Chilean living in Australia at the moment, willing to help in translating to and from Spanish
Spanish Brittany Schaefer I am not a native speaker but I can help interpret some genealogical documents.
Spanish Claire Cabler Native speaker of English but quite fluent in Spanish. Willing to help with translation to and from Spanish.
Spanish Marianna Campbell I am not a native speaker but I can help interpret some genealogical documents.
Spanish Katherine Venegas I am a native Spanish speaker.
Spanish E Reffell
Spanish
Spanish Santi Díaz de Argandoña Spanish is my native language. I also speak Basque and some French.
Swedish Anders Lanzén I am Swedish but living in the Spanish Basque country and also speak Basque (euskera).
Swedish Dudley Hicks I have been living in Sweden for almost 50 years and speak and read Swedish fluently. I also have access to records in the Swedish National Archives in Gothenburg and I can help with seaching the archives and the translation of the results, if necessary.
Swedish Lena Svensson A native of Sweden. Fluent in English so I can help you understand Swedish records and documents..
Swedish Maria Lundholm A native of Sweden. Can assist in translation Swedish to English. Understands written Danish and Norwegian quite well.
Swedish Juha Soini Finnish is my native language and I live in Finland. I used to live in Sweden and am fluent in Swedish as well as quite good at English.
Swedish E Reffell plus Old Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian Bokmaal and Nynorsk with a bit of Faroese and Modern Icelandic
Tagalog Raymund Jay Pabalat Natively fluent in spoken and written Tagalog, would be glad to help with anything.
Turkish ShiraDestinie JonesLandrac Conversant in spoken and written Turkish, can help with post-Ataturk documents. Also fully fluent in Spanish (Castillian and Mexican) and French (of France), rusty modern Hebrew. ShiraDest
Ukrainian Andriy Tymchenko Grown up bilingual Ukrainian and Russian, both mother tongues. With fluent English and few other languages on my belt. Decades ago passed military translator EN->RU on graduation. Can help anything UA<->EN related, large translations might take lead time and time to finish.
Welsh Gareth Jones Native Welsh and English speaker. I can help to translate anything between these languages, in either direction.




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Hello,

I added myself to the list above and speak and read fluently in English and almost fluently in Afrikaans as well as being able to contribute basic Dutch reading skills.

posted by Francis Lehman
Hello!

I speak Portuguese fluently and have gotten VERY good at reading those horribly written Brazilian records... I am VERY happy to provide support regarding these records.

Best, Adriana

posted by Adriana Hazelton
Hello language volunteers,

I am a native German and offer to help translate German documents into English. Since I can read many old German handwritings, I am also able to transcribe and then translate them. I can even say that I love to extract the secrets from these old scripts. I would like to participate in this group. Kind regards Dieter

posted by Dieter Lewerenz
Hi Dieter

I have awarded the Language Volunteers badge to you and added you to the list of volunteers at: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Language_volunteers I copied part of the text from your message to your entry on the Language Volunteers page. Feel free to edit it if it does not suit. Thanks for volunteering and helping to make WikiTree a friendly place for all. Regards Paul

posted by Paul Bech
Thank you Paul for adding and awarding the badge.

I have an other question. I saw the German Glossary and I wrote for my own usage a glossary, which contains about 1000 terms at the moment and it is growing every day with new terms. It is possible to add the list to the glossary page, even if I have to do that manually word by word. I think it will be a great help for english speaking people who are searching in old German documents. Thanks for your help in advance Dieter

posted by Dieter Lewerenz
We really want the Glossary to be relatively short and just the most basic terms. 1000 items would take quite a bit of scrolling. Perhaps you could start your own Free Space page and I can link to your glossary with a text link (you can nominate what the text should say)?

Something like "For a much more extensive glossary see....." perhaps?

posted by Paul Bech
Thanks for answering Paul. That is a good idea. I will create my first Free Space page and then write here the name/ URL of the page. Then you can create the link. I like your suggestion for naming the link.

Thanks for help.

posted by Dieter Lewerenz
Hi Paul,

I have finished my Free Space Page: https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Space:German-English_Glossary&public=1 The ID is: Space:German-English_Glossary If you are so kind to link the german-english glossary to the page it would be great. Thank you very much.

posted by Dieter Lewerenz
Hi everybody

I am French and would like to help for any request Can you explain me how to join the volunteer corp

Thierry

posted by Thiery Badoc
Hello, I am French. I was born and raised in Northern Ontario. I am bilingual (French-English.) I would be interested in helping in my area.

Gilberte

Mariana Lisci

I'm mexican Spanish is my mother language, but fluent in French and English, I can manage to understad Swedish so please add me to the list for helping

posted by Mariana Lisci
edited by Mariana Lisci
Hi Mariana,

Thank you for your offer of assistance in those languages! Are you interested in joining WikiTree as a full member? If so, you will need to volunteer, you can do this from your Navigation page, just add tags showing your genealogical interests e.g. surnames you are researching, and in the comments box by them add the location/relationship to you, then click on the green box that says "Save tags and volunteer" and we will then be able to confirm you as a member.

Volunteering means you will help us achieve our goal of joining all individual family trees into one global family tree.

Take care

Azure~ WikiTree Greeter

posted by Azure Robinson
I am bilingual FRENCH/ENGLISH I live in ALSACE so do not hesitate to add me to any lists here... for helping.

Tamara

posted by Tamara Knowles
I would like to add my name to the language volunteer list. At school i studied French, Latin and German. My first language is English. Living in Sweden I speak Swedish. At university I studied the Scandinavian languages. At evening classes I studied Spanish and Portuguese. I have taught myself Italian, Polish and Persian. I have transcribed UK censuses. Linguistics is one of my hobbies. I need help to add categories and language template to my profile. i have pressed the links but when i got to the pages i could do nothing. sorry. please help.
posted by Edwin Reffell
I added my name, also updated the instructions a bit, hope that's okay.
posted by Rob Neff
I know that the majority of genealogy projects here are based on European genealogy, but I speak and can somewhat read Mandarin Chinese and my husband is a native speaker/reader of Mandarin and can double check my work if anyone has any Chinese documents they would like to have looked at
posted by Kay Jaworski
I have a new member who is Swedish Bäck-1057 is there a member who can help.

Thanks

Hilary ~ WikiTree Greeter

posted by Hilary (Buckle) Gadsby
Hello,

I know fluent portuguese, german and english if needed.

posted by Baltazar Pinto
Hi Guys

I have had a message from a member who volunteered a week ago, appreciate it if a German speaker could some one contact as he indicates he is having trouble finding his way around

Peter he appears to be a native German speaker so may require some assistance to find his way around

Thanks Guys

Janet - Greeter

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Added my skills.

Hope I can help.

A.

Hi J,

I noticed you already are added, but for everyone who follows, you can just add your WikiTree ID to this page, see the instructions that are added now above the list.

And...the language volunteers are not all added to this page as managers or the trusted list, so they don't receive notifications of the messages posted here, if someone needs help they can just contact a volunteer by clicking on the name link and ask for the help in a post at their profile or by sending them a private message.

Hope it helps and thanks for mentioning it, I hope the instructions added to the page make it a bit more clear,

Greets from the Netherlands,

Bea :)

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Why aren't there any instructions for how one is supposed to volunteer? I see that several people have attempted to do so via these comments, but they haven't all been successful. I see nothing better, however, so I'll give it a try:

I'm fluent in Hungarian and have some experience with translating genealogical records into English. (I can also often manage the basic sort of Latin that occurs in church registers.)

posted by J Palotay