requests for translations #translation

Frank Szmulowicz

To Whom It May Concern:


I am new to jewishgen and I often see people asking for translations of rather large documents. Is it the expectation that these documents will be translated free of charge?


Thank you.


Best regards,

Frank Szmulowicz, Ph. D.


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Jx. Gx.

There is no foul in asking.  The translator can decide to respond or not.  Its their choice.  If the translator agrees to take on the task they can do it as a courtesy or ask for compensation in which case it becomes a private conversation. There was a guy on this site offering to take photos of headstones at a cemetery where my gg grandparents are buried. He then asked for an unspecified "donation." I'm sure he was going to that cemetery anyway for his own personal reasons. When the pictures arrived in an email I sent him a fair amount in compensation. I was satisfied, I hope he was.

Jeffrey Gee
Arizona, USA


Hi Frank,
Sometimes I do translations from German into English, also based on my background as a historian. If it's done in a few minutes, it's my pleasure to do this for free. If I need several hours or even days I must ask for a compensation. Because then it is about earning money, as all of us have to do in one or the other way.
Kindest regards,
Alexander Burstein

Janet Furba

No, unless you find a volunteer.
Janet Furba,


I have doing such transllations for years and never asked for payment, even though I am now a professional editor and translator.

Best regards

Rafael Manory, PhD