If you’ve ever looked at old documents from Germany, you’ll know that many of them look as though they were written in some completely foreign alphabet. Even if you speak modern German, you might not recognize any of the words. This is because old German documents were often written in a handwriting called Sütterlin script. While it takes some practice, German speakers can learn to read Sütterlinschrift (Sütterlin script) and decipher genealogical documents from the early 20th century and prior.
Below is a chart of Sütterlin characters and their modern counterparts: