German Genealogy Translations

Historical German Text Translations

by Dr. Elke Hedstrom

Discovery for you and your future generations

“There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children – one is roots, and the other, wings.”

—Hodding S. Carter

    Author and Journalist


Translation Services

Old Script Translations by Dr. Elke Hedstrom

Old German Script Translations

Church records, family letters, diaries, emigration records, and other items of genealogical interest written in the Old German Handwriting or printed in “Fraktur” Typeface.

Contemporary Correspondence Translations by Dr. Elke Hedstrom

Contemporary Correspondence Translations

Letters you need written to German archives, churches, libraries, and private persons. Correspondence in German sent to you which you need translated.

Historical Text Translations by Dr. Elke Hedstrom

Historical Text 


Village and family histories.


About Me

Dr. Elke Hedstrom, Expert in Old German Translations

I was born in East Prussia, Germany and grew up in Wolfenbüttel, Niedersachsen, Germany after my family was forced to leave East Prussia at the end of World War II. In 1964, I received my Bachelor's degree in Education and History from the Pädagogische Hochschule ("Kant Hochschule") in Braunschweig, Niedersachsen, Germany.

Shortly afterwards, I emigrated to the United States. Here, I was able to further my education, earning a Ph.D. in German Language and Literature from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, and a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, while teaching German part-time at various universities and junior colleges.

Recent Projects


About 60 personal letters and postcards spanning the years 1850 - 1877 written by relatives in Germany to their relatives in Texas.

Births, confirmations, marriages, deaths entries for the years 1791 to 1875 from a church book in Lower Saxony.

Numerous personal letters from 1939 to 1942 written by a German Jewish woman to her two oldest children she managed to send to safety in America in 1939 while she and her youngest daughter perished in a German concentration camp.



I marvel at your patience and persistence and the gift you have given us. You are so dedicated and thorough in all you do. I know that your work transcribing and translating other families' material has made an unbelievable impact on so very many families. 

K. H.

Dear Elke, thanks so much for your translations! Although I can pick out names, the details that you can provide give me new information and tell me more about their professions, homes, illnesses - their lives! Much appreciated!


Dear Dr. Hedstrom, I just wanted you to know how helpful your assistance has been in helping me search for my family. I thank you for your guidance and interpretations; without them I would still be looking in a haystack for that needle! 

S. B.


Contact Me

For a free estimate of the translation costs involved, please email me or mail me a copy of your document(s).

Dr. Elke Hedstrom

5727 Hummingbird Lane

Fairview, Texas 75069 

USA Phone: (972) 954-7518

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