Saturday, November 22, 2014

Translate Your Genealogy Stream on Google+

Google Translate for Google Plus 

Google+ has turned into a great meeting ground for genealogists from all over the world.  

Google+ is the a social networking platform offered by the search engine company Google, with its nearest rival being Facebook.  (I prefer Google+ to Facebook for a lot of reasons but that’s another post).

Google+ features an international genealogy crowd with lots of languages.  Being somewhat limited in my multilingual skills (with English and basic French) I was delighted to discover there is a Chrome extension for Google+ that will translate!  (For my non-techie readers – Chrome is web browser similar to Internet Explorer or Firefox).

Google Translate for Google Plus Chrome Extension

The languages available are:

Bahasa Indonesia, Deutsch, English, Filipino, Français, Kiswahili, Norsk, Tiếng Việt, Türkçe, català, dansk, eesti, español, hrvatski, italiano, latviešu, lietuvių, magyar, polski, română, slovenský, slovenščina, suomi, svenska, čeština, Ελληνικά, Српски, български, русский, українська, हिन्दी, বাংলা, ગુજરાતી, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ಕನ್ನಡ, ไทย, ‫العربية,

You will be able to follow genealogists in their native language in your ancestors’ homeland.

Thank you to Michael Swanson, a genealogist researching in Finland and Sweden, for the information.  

The Chrome extension is available for free from the Chrome web store. 

Installation is easy – download and it automatically adds itself to the browser (after you grant permission).

Search on Google Translate for Google Plus Chrome Extension or go directly here to download.


 



Comments

5 Responses to “Translate Your Genealogy Stream on Google+”
  1. Geniaus says:

    Thanks, Joan.
    It’s a shame all of my ancestors came from English speaking countries. I have the travel bug so this will be a useful tool for that.

  2. Jim Gill says:

    I installed it, but it doesn’t do anything. Can’t find any how-to information. Would be nice if it worked.

  3. Hi Geniaus Jill,
    You are welcome. You are absolutely correct that it will be useful for travel. I also follow other interests besides genealogy (imagine that!) on Google+ and am finding it helpful.

    Thanks for commenting :)
    -Joan

  4. Hi Jim,
    The first time I installed it I had problems too then I realized I had installed the general Google Translate rather than the Google+ one so perhaps check that.

    Once you get it installed you may need to click “translate” at the bottom of a google+ post to change it to your native language. There may be a bar at the top of Chrome browser asking which language you wish to translate to as well.

    Let me know if that works or if you have more questions.

    Joan

  5. Jim Gill says:

    Thank you, Joan. Finally found the pale blue “Translate” word at the bottom of the entry. It’s fun to use my limited German to try to translate and then click the word to find out what it really says. There is another extension, “Google Translate” that you can use when you follow a link to a website in another language. It senses that the page is not in English, a toolbar appears at the top and asks if you want to translate it.

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