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1 Family History Club Palaeography for family historians Tips and Sources of Information

2 Family History Club Palaeography session Study of handwriting Genealogists may need to read a number of different types of document while researching their family tree: –Wills –Inventories –Census records –Land agreements – indentures –Diaries, letters, notes etc

3 A few tips: Write down your transcription as you go along – start a new line where the scribe does – it will be easier to read again and compare later If you are really stuck on a word have a look at the words around it for use of the same letters Look at alphabet guides for the period of the document you are looking at – they really help! If you are stuck it’s often useful to go away and come back to it in a while – or get someone else to have a look.

4 A few common problems Shortened words – if you notice a word has a line above it, it may have been shortened by the scribe e.g: Lower case “c”’s and “r”’s can be indistinguishable and “i”’s, “n”’s “m”s, “u”s” and “w”’s often just appear as single lines

5 Web sites The National Archives palaeography guide http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/palaeography/ Deciphering Old Handwriting - From a genealogy course taught by Sabina J. Murray http://www.amberskyline.com/treasuremaps/oldhand Early English Handwriting http://www.btinternet.com/~tylcoat/handwrit.htm An introduction to palaeography http://paleo.anglo-norman.org/ Palaeography – Reading early writing http://www.jaydax.co.uk/genlinks/palaeography.html Some notes on Medieval English Genealogy (Scroll down to: Links and bibliography for handwriting and language) http://www.medievalgenealogy.org.uk/guide/hand.shtml Glossary of Latin words http://comp.uark.edu/~mreynold/recint1.htm Scottish handwriting.com http://www.scottishhandwriting.com/content/ Historical auxiliary sciences – palaeography http://www.vl-ghw.lmu.de/palaeographie_en.html Medieval handwriting http://www.medievalwriting.50megs.com/ 1891 London census transcription – handwriting analysis http://www.census1891.com/hand.htm


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