The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.If some or all of your ancestors came from non-English speaking countries, you will probably need to translate some documents sooner or later. By far, the best known online translation service is Google Translate. However, the results from this service can sometimes be humorous. You can’t always trust Google Translate to be entirely accurate. The problem gets worse when it comes to archaic words, idioms, or technical terms.
Actually, any automatic, machine-generated translation is going to be equally poor or worse. Luckily, Google is not the only translation service on the Web.
Other automated, machine-generated translations sites include Free Translation at http://www.freetranslation.com (offers allows copy-and-paste text to be translated or translation of an entire web page), ParaLink at http://translation2.paralink.com/, Reference.com at http://translate.reference.com/, Babylon at http://translation.babylon.com/ and others.
You can usually obtain better results if you use a human to perform the translations. Live translation services can be costly. However, there are some wonderful folks out there who offer genealogy translation services free of charge.
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