Questions tagged [palaeography]

The study of historical handwriting and inscriptions, including analysing and reading manuscripts.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0
votes
0answers
46 views

Identifying two addresses

I am trying to identify the following two addresses. I have looked at past street names in Philadelphia and old maps of Vineland N.J. without success. The first one is 1317 Salithos (?) St., ...
4
votes
1answer
96 views

Reading 1870s cause of death in Canada

I'm having trouble deciphering the cause of death below, which is from an 1870s Canadian death record. The terms used are a good part of the problem. There seem to be a fair number of lists of ...
4
votes
1answer
88 views

Why would the filing date of a birth certificate be prior to the date of birth?

My grandmother's birth certificate states her date of birth as December 21, 1914. At the bottom there are two dates. One appears to be a filing date, and the other I am not sure I understand the ...
5
votes
3answers
148 views

Recognize a handwritten word from a Spanish town

I am working on the investigation with old documentation, to see if you can help me to recognize this town in Spain, it could be in Castilla La Mancha, although I do not know for sure.
4
votes
1answer
712 views

What is name of this Captain in War of 1812?

In this pension file record on Fold, I have a commander whose name I cannot make out: I've transcribed the page as follows: State of South Carolina, Pickens District } On this the Eighth Day of ...
3
votes
1answer
110 views

What is this abbreviation symbol in War of 1812 Pension File?

This image from Fold has a symbol that I cannot identify, shown circled here: My transcription reads: Allowed July 23' 1860 at the rate of $4.00 per month from Febry 1st 1859, Subject to all pay ...
2
votes
2answers
61 views

Information from passenger list/ship manifest from 1912 NY - Polish/Russian city and names

The full passenger list can be found below – I'm looking at the entry for "Jankel Samolicz" on line 30 (the final line). Can you help me to read some of the information? I'm trying to figure out: the ...
2
votes
1answer
106 views

“Jos” name in itself or a short form of “Joseph” or “Johannes”?

I have here this German-Latin marriage record from Austria about the marriage between Angelus Constantin and Catharina Werckin on the 11th April, 1780 (last entry on page): The father of Catharina ...
5
votes
1answer
277 views

Groom's birth place entry additions

I have a marriage entry here of someone (Edmund Hoffmeister von Hoffenegg) with birth place listed as Andrijevci in present day Croatia but then for some reason also mentions Klattau (Klatovy) in ...
1
vote
1answer
58 views

Looking to trace name of only witness via signature on Baptism Cert 1870 Dublin St Pauls

Child born = Elizabeth Gibson, 25th May 1870, parents Samuel Gibson, Rose McGauran, residence, 64 Arbour Hill (in Dublin not in script) Witness = ??, could be Catherine ??? – Looking to trace name of ...
1
vote
1answer
57 views

What does branobilis/braenobilis mean?

I have a baptismal entry (http://data.matricula-online.eu/en/oesterreich/gurk/st-peter-im-katschtal/S65_003-1/?pg=88, 3. from the top) that I cannot reproduce here due to the CC-BY-NC-ND license which ...
2
votes
2answers
104 views

Unusual middle name “Schewa”?

I have here an entry in a Jewish birth registry from Bohemia with a Johanna Kafka (last one on the left side, entry No. 244) even in two versions: http://www.badatelna.eu/fond/1073/reprodukce/?...
4
votes
1answer
67 views

Translating 1914 Postcard in German sent from USA to Germany

Is anyone able to translate this 1914 postcard my grandfather sent to his sister in 1914?
2
votes
2answers
84 views

What is the location on this 16th century baptism record?

Randle Case was baptised in the parish of St Oswald, Chester, in May 1589. His father was Thomas Case and the record seems to read "Randle Case, sonne of Thomas Case of ----", but I can't figure out ...
1
vote
1answer
64 views

Identify the first letter in this surname on a German birth certificate

This is an extract from my great-grandfather's birth certificate. The official had suprisingly nice and clear hand-writing, but I have trouble identifying the first letter in my great-great-...
4
votes
1answer
658 views

Deciphering Work Profession from Spanish death certificate

This is a follow on from: Determining cause of death from Spanish death certificate Deciphering names from Spanish death certificate This is the first part of my Great Great Grandmothers death ...
3
votes
3answers
107 views

Deciphering names from Spanish death certificate

This is a follow on from: Determining cause of death from Spanish death certificate Deciphering Work Profession from Spanish death certificate This is the first part of my Great Great Grandmothers ...
4
votes
1answer
365 views

Determining cause of death from Spanish death certificate

This is related to: Deciphering names from Spanish death certificate Deciphering Work Profession from Spanish death certificate I am trying to decipher this cause of death. The added complication is ...
5
votes
1answer
87 views

Vertical line and colon (“|:”) in register entry

I am have here a hard-to-read Austrian baptism register entry with several additional notes added later on (note in the image from the beginning of the 20th century). That it's hardly legible is not ...
6
votes
3answers
1k views

What is written in this excerpt from a Manifest of Alien Passengers for the US arriving at Providence?

I'm having difficulties reading a field from a specific column from a List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States Immigration Officer at Port of Arrival In this case Port of ...
3
votes
0answers
98 views

Unreadable word in latin 18. century church death record

I'm unable to decrypt some word in a Latin church record of a death in 1769. It is available at Matricula Online (the second last entry on the page). Since the image is licensed CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0 I ...
6
votes
2answers
87 views

Reading church name in Gaelic on Marriage Certificate

I've just found a certificate online and I'm trying to work out in which church the marriage took place because it is written in Gaelic. Can you translate it for me?
4
votes
1answer
339 views

Locating “Bankhead of …” in parish of Forfar

I am attempting to determine the location of an area whose name is difficult to read on two parish records from the parish of Forfar: The marriage of John Ormond and Katherine Henderson in 1767 (...
2
votes
2answers
301 views

Understanding Cursive /Joined Writing in Irish Register Death

I hope I am not out of order asking a question re writing again but rethinking my effort on last query has resulted in me finding the record I need. I am attaching another example of writing that I ...
4
votes
1answer
882 views

Prison offence - trespassing underwood fence

I have come across this prison offence for one of my ancestors: I have read the offence to be: Trespass, Damaging Underwood fence This offence was in 1844. I understand this offence to mean that ...
4
votes
1answer
105 views

Deciphering 1910 Russian city name?

On a 1909 passenger list I have the following record. The 1st word is the city name. There is a ditto mark to the left of that, it is for Russia. To the right of the city name it says Father Jozef ...
3
votes
1answer
29 views

Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about products administered / surname

Here are my remaining transcription queries on page 3 to complete the asylum case notes: 7.7.17 Has an attack of vomiting and is very weak. Has been put to bed in hospital. Milk ???. 2.9.17 Could ...
2
votes
1answer
15 views

Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about Unions and First Names

We are nearly complete with transcribing the lunacy case notes for my ancestor. I could not have done it without everyone's help and it has been interesting learning a few things along the way. I ...
2
votes
1answer
12 views

Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about the patients health

With the exception of this currently open question (from the list below), there is one more deciphering issue on page 2 of 3 in these lunacy case notes of my ancestor. 11.8.16 Is much better now ???...
2
votes
1answer
19 views

Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about patient “quotations”

My ancestor was reported to say the following statements: "Don't ??? kill me" "Oh do ??? spare my life!" At first I wondered if the word I can't decipher stood for you all but ...
1
vote
0answers
20 views

Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about a suspicious mark / Diarrhoea

These are the last entries on page 2 of the case notes before the document continues with a final page in another volume. 2.3.17 P. back in 7 with Diarrhoea. Frequently complains after ??? when ...
2
votes
1answer
28 views

Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about General appearance / Description of Bodily Symptoms

Has a wild and terrified expression. A few stumps of teeth remain. Lips dry. Tongue ??? and dry. Pupils of medium size, equal, regular, react to light and to accommodation. ??? ??? ???. Planter ...
3
votes
1answer
377 views

Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about administering Brandy and Milk

This is a continuation of: Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about patients previous history Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about nurses entry? Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about ...
2
votes
1answer
36 views

Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about symptoms of inflammation

This is a continuation of Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes extract? Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes - Extract 2 Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes - Extract 3 Deciphering Lunacy Asylum ...
2
votes
1answer
56 views

Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about escaping through a window

This is a continuation of Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes extract? Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes - Extract 2 Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes - Extract 3 Where I made a request for ...
2
votes
1answer
63 views

Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about administering Paraldehyde

This is a continuation of: Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes extract? Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes - Extract 2 Where I made a request for deciphering phrases on my Great Great ...
2
votes
1answer
78 views

Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about nurses entry?

This is a continuation of Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes extract? where I made a request for deciphering phrases on my Great Great Grandmothers case notes. Slept 11 hours last night. Takes ...
1
vote
1answer
171 views

Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about patients previous history

I obtained the case notes for my Great Great Grandmother (Lunacy Asylum). I am slowly working through the text and here is a sentence I am not fully sure about: At the moment I have: Neuralgia &...
1
vote
1answer
57 views

Reading cause of death?

Ernst [Ernest] Staines died in 1936 and his cause of death is shown here: taken from FamilySearch. I'm having difficulty reading the cause of death. Perhaps: Toxaemia from Gangrene of Right Foot ???...
6
votes
1answer
119 views

What is the parenthetical phrase in this Irish baptism record?

In Ancestry's "Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1655-1915" record set there is a baptism in Birr, Offaly on 15 May 1856: Mary Henry Moore Margt Gillece Sp: (per pr??) John & Bridget ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Deciphering death certificate writing

I have another death certificate that I am struggling to read! This one is for my Great Great Grandmother who passed away in 1917. I know that she died at Roundway Hospital in Devizes which was an ...
6
votes
3answers
1k views

Deciphering cause of death?

I can't make this cause of death out: What might it be?
3
votes
1answer
404 views

What is name of this 1927 town in Missouri?

I have a death certificate: https://www.sos.mo.gov/images/archives/deathcerts/1927/1927_00034802.PDF With an informant, George A Plank Jr. and I'm unable to read the town he resides in within ...
1
vote
1answer
54 views

Reading city, town or name under Father in 1910 immigration record?

This is from the Father column in a document of immigration from 1910. I am trying to discover the name of the town/city/region in Russia they came from.
4
votes
1answer
89 views

Reading remarks from Royal Hospital, Chelsea record from early 19th century?

The below picture is cropped from an image at Ancestry.com's UK, Royal Hospital, Chelsea: Regimental Registers of Pensioners, 1713-1882: It relates to my 4th great grandfather Edmund Rouse who has ...
5
votes
1answer
91 views

Reading a word in an 1841 census image

I'm struggling to read part of an 1841 census record: The difficult element is at the far right of the line for Saml Brown Gamekeeper (in the column headed Where born in Scotland Ireland or Foreign ...
3
votes
4answers
2k views

What is the teacher's last name?

Recently, I found my great-great grandmother's (Emily Griffiths) 5th grade report card from 1895 nailed to the wall in the attic over the garage (don't ask me why it was there, I took it down and put ...
4
votes
1answer
53 views

Deciphering lines from 1909 Ellis Island record?

I am trying to read some lines from an Ellis Island record. The record is from 1909 and I managed to read everything except the details of the contact/address for the person in question. It is the ...
8
votes
1answer
72 views

Reading city name in Eastern Europe on passport from around 1900?

Could you please help me to decipher the name of the city, region, and/or county? My grandma was born in the year 1901 and left Poland in the year 1925. She lived in Kovel, Poland for several years. I ...
3
votes
1answer
418 views

What is this word for untaxed tithe in Virginia in 1761?

I need help reading this word (?Tist?) that keeps occuring in the Chesterfield tithe list for 1761 in Colony of Virginia: It seems to be repeated on each entry that is not counted for the tithes. ...