Thursday, October 23, 2014

Handy Translation Tools

Frequently our patrons are working on records in other languages. Sometimes we have local people who are willing to help. Calling FamilySearch Support will bring help, but not usually with the translation of documents.

Most of us are familiar with using Google Translate to translate text from one language into another. This is a wonderful tool!

But did you know that the Google Chrome browser has the ability to translate web pages? (In my FHC Firefox is the default browser, but Chrome is available at the click of a mouse.)

During a recent Stake cultural activity we had hundreds of visitors, many of whom came into the FHC, where we had some excellent conversations! One lady asked if FamilySearch has any records from Ukraine. I showed her the browseable images and we did a search of the indexed records. But she could not read the Cyrillic alphabet, so the search results were gibberish to her. I switched from viewing the page in Firefox to to viewing  the page in Chrome, and I right-clicked on an empty spot on the screen. The pop-up menu included the choice "Translate to English". And in seconds the page was translated into English. Wow!

In the example above, the same exact page of search results is seen in Ukrainian and in English.
The Ukrainian version shows the names in Ukrainian, but the dates and descriptions are in English.

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