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Genealogical Publishing Com Format Available: This book is designed to teach you how to read and understand the handwriting found in documents commonly used in genealogical research. It explains techniques for reading early American documents; provides samples of alphabets and letter forms; defines terms and abbreviations commonly used in early American documents such as wills, deeds, and church records; and, furthermore, presents numerous examples of early American records for the reader to work with.
Each document -- nearly of them at various stages of complexity -- appears with the author's transcription on a facing page, enabling the reader to check his own transcription.
Also covered in the work, with particular emphasis on handwriting, are numbers and roman numerals, dates and the change from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar, abbreviations and contractions, and standard terms found in early American records.
Patricia Law Hatcher Language: When the early colonists came to America, they were braving a new world, with new wonders and difficulties. Family historians beginning the search for their ancestors from this period run into a similar adventure, as research in the colonial period presents a number of exciting challenges that genealogists may not have experienced before.
This book is the key to facing those challenges. This new book, Researching Your Colonial New England Ancestors, leads genealogists to a time when their forebears were under the rule of the English crown, blazing their way in that uncharted territory. Patricia Law Hatcher, FASG, provides a rich image of the world in which those ancestors lived and details the records they left behind.
With this book in hand, family historians will be ready to embark on a journey of their own, into the unexplored lines of their colonial past.Learn More About Your Ancestors by Having Their Handwriting Analyzed Dick Eastman · December 12, · Genealogy Basics · 5 Comments The following article was written by Jean Maguire, describing a recent presentation by Kathi McKnight at the Colorado Genealogical Society.
Aug 28, · DoHistory has created How to read 18th century British handwriting, a companion to Deciphering the handwritten records of Early America. The posts present colonial documents. They provide also a bibliography and links to digitized works. Perhaps the most surprising tutorial comes from the Smithsonian Institution.
Reading Early American Handwriting In summary, some of the most difficult letters to be aware of in old handwriting, especially during the seventeenth century, are the following lowercase letters: The capitals of the above letters may also present problems in deciphering old handwriting.
In order to get the most information from the records that are available, we have to decipher these records and put meaning into the symbols we see on the old documents or papers that we find. As we read old Bible, census, courthouse, archive and Church records to obtain the names, places and dates, often we are unclear at the words .
EARLY RECORDS OF THE ARNOLD FAMILY.
THE following copy of early Arnold records, received from Cana da by the Hon. Isaac N. Arnold, president of the Chicago Historical Society, was made by me in May, The vol ume from which Icopy is a small .
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