|Title page to family bible that my mother copied|
in the late 1970s. I love having my mother's handwriting
I have held onto the Xerox copies wondering what to do with them. The quality is poor and I don't read German. I don't want to send the copies to anyone for translation because these are the only copies of a book that no longer exists. If the pages could be read and I lost them in transit, I think I would, um, cry a river or something.
Today, I decided to scan the copies so I could have a back up. What the heck, right? The first scan left me in shock. I think the files might be readable enough to send to a transcriber? If that's the case, I might be able to open a few brick walls. I'm super excited. Now I am anxious to see what these pages mean.
|Second version of previous entry|
Are these readable scans? I think they are, but I don't transcribe things often. However, I read a few ship manifests with terrible scan quality and people were able to read them. Could these scans be better than those manifests? Could I send them to a transcriber? Oh how I hope the answer is a resounding yes (for the vast majority of the 7 pages).
If these pages are readable, it is my belief they are liked to the Hoppe and Geiszler families that I struggle with. A news clipping (not shown) is on a page across from the above page. If I can read it slightly, the last name Hoppe (English version of the name) is in the article. That's a great+ grandma!
|From a German Family Bible that no longer exists|
The above page looks like the names could be Geiscler. Family members perhaps? The bottom half of the page doesn't get any better in person. But perhaps the top half is readable. Please let it be so!!!!
|Another entry from the same German Bible Xerox copies|
I have no idea what/who this page refers to. I do know that my mother wrote 'DEATH' on her Xerox copy. So, this is an entry for someone. But who? I can't tell.
I've been to a class that said you can try to figure out what the writing says. However, I would rather know if these images are readable enough for someone familiar with the German language to transcribe. It would be faster and better to let someone else handle the work. I have so much other information coming in all the time (and stuff I haven't processed), that I don't think I could spare the time trying to figure everything out.
Anyway, if you know of a person who can translate German, please provide a referral. I would really love to unlock the mysteries of these old copied papers.
I just looked at the date. It's the 9th anniversary of my father's death. This is his line. Is he helping me from beyond the great divide? I'm in tears now. Anyway... I know the power of the Genealogical Community to collaborate and help each other out. Please point me in the right direction to turn this treasure and anniversary into something to celebrate.