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19 September 2014

Did Grandma Translate Those Names?

My relative wrote a letter to one of her in-laws in the 1880s. I thought originally that the only people to whom she was referring were fellow German immigrants. After all, everyone in the letter had German names. It took me a little while to figure out that my relative had translated the "English" names into German when writing the letter. Many of the people she wrote about were not German at all.

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