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BOOK - Cracking the Code of Old Handwriting
By Graham Jaunay
Published by Unlock the Past, Australia , 2011

Softcover...13.00 (C$)

Sooner or later, family historians will come across a major obstacle in progressing their research - old handwriting can be difficult to resolve and this booklet is designed to overcome some of these problems.

The problem rests on the fact that most of us unknowingly read by identifying whole words by their shape rather than looking at individual letters. When we come across unfamiliar writing, we are forced to look at the individual letters in their context. The unexpected shapes of old letters and a multitude of shortcuts in writing results in considerable difficulties for modern readers, and this booklet provides some strategies to overcome this problem.

There are a number of books on this subject, but, apart from the practical advice within, a strength of this publication lies in the number of actual examples to help the researcher identify seemingly meaningless words.

Early parish registers often have some level of Latin in their content. This book contains a useful dictionary of the more common words that may be encountered in parish registers containing Latin.

Contents:
  • Introduction
  • The issues behind the problems
  • Understanding old handwriting
  • How to tackle the problem
  • Roundhand
  • A modern problem or two
  • Common letter forms of the 17th to 19th century
  • Some problem letters in Secretary Hand
  • Common ligatures in Secretary Hand
  • Suspensions and ligatures associated with q
  • Relationships that may differ from today's meanings
  • 19th Century Copperplate style
  • Round hand example transcriptions
  • Chancery hand example with transcription
  • Coo Latin words encountered in texts
Paperback: 36 pages
Product Dimensions: 5 x 8"
Softcover - staple-bound on spine
Index
Illustrations (colour)
Published by Unlock the Past, Australia, 2011
ISBN 9780980874624




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