Today we released two new projects, Lubeck Census 1851 and Lubeck Census 1857. Knowing a little German will help as you key these projects but it isn’t necessary – knowing that kirche is church, Ortschaft is the place, Gerburt is birth (so Geburtsort is the place of birth and Geburtstag is the date of birth), Vorname is the given name and Familienname is the Surname. So if you took high school German like I did you will be just fine.
I like to key the census records because they are orderly and it is pretty easy to find all of the information, record after record is the same. And of course I also like reading all of the names.
1. Make sure you use the proper diacritics – the characters like umlaut, and eszett. You can open the “foreign” language character window by clicking on the icon with an n on it.
2. Move the columns around so you have the columns/fields that you use the most closer together.