SLP 2000: Learning Sütterlin script (German handwriting) online

How to read and transcribe German handwriting? For reading and analyzing archival records from the 18th century onwards until the end of World War II knowledge of the development of German handwriting is essential. A significant part of the cultural heritage like literary manuscripts, diarys, letters, records of all kinds of administrration is written in Sütterlin.
The online-tutorial SLP 2000 – the result of a cooperation research program of the Universities of Potsdam and Saarbrücken – will help you to learn Sütterlin properly. After the installation of the Sütterlin character set, the online-tutorial will work without any problems on every computer.

Dr. Jürgen Udolph: The origin of surnames

Many inquiries are concerning the origin and meaning of family names. Therefore as this month’s tip we chose the homepage of the linguist Dr. Jürgen Udolph.
He daily answers questions to familiy names in the broadcasting program “Radio Eins am Vormittag” which also can be received via Internet.
Dr. Udolph’s homepage is very instructive as it offers a lot of valuable bibliograhical references related to the field of onomatology. You can also find links to websites that show the occurence of familiy names in single countries.

Geographical Dictionary of 19th Century Poland

The “Slownik geograficzny Krolestwa Polskiego” gives a historical and physical description of almost all cities, towns, villages and hamlets in Poland and nearby Slavic countries along with mention of historically important events, buildings such as churches and personages.
Most important is the fact that the descriptions are circa 1880 to 1902, or about the time when most Poles were starting to leave Poland.
The Polish Genealogical Society of America offers a CD-ROM-edition. The dictionary is also available in archives and libraries.

Biographical Handbook of Rabbis

As tip of this month we recommend the following publication: “Biographisches
Handbuch der Rabbiner” [=Biographical Handbook of Rabbis] which refers to
Central Europe in the time between 1781 and 1871.
This handbook contains nearly 2000 single biographies of Rabbis with extensive and detailed references. The references are divided in :

1. archival references to biographies of the Rabbis
2. publications of the Rabbis
3. publications about the Rabbis
4. publications of the disciples of the Rabbis

A geographical index completes this remarkable and impressive edition. (Publisher’s announcement => English