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

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Decipher Handwritten cause of death 25yr old male 1918

I cannot make out first word in cause of death right before “intestinal obstruction” also the contributor line. Can anyone read it?
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Transcribing marriage record from Gilfershausen in 1761

I could use some assistance with obtaining a transcription for this image. This marriage entry is from the Iba/Gilfershausen Kirchenbuch 1742-1773. The handwriting is pretty poor overall, and this ...
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What is this abbreviation from Virginia tax records?

I'm unable to decode this abbreviation: For a male (due to 1 tithe being charged) Brizendine surname in Essex County, Virginia 1782 personal tax list. Here is the whole page for context. See almost ...
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Definition of profession: coasterman

In the 1930 census appears the profession coasterman (see image below). The person worked in a restaurant but I have not been able to find a definition. (other workers in restaurants could be waiters, ...
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Deciphering handwritten cause of death on death certificate

I'm having trouble deciphering a cause of death. So far here's what I think: line (a) cause: ? , onset: 1 week line (b) perforated Ca -- sigmoid, onset: 7 mos. (months) I'm ...
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Transcribing particular phrase in 1813 English will

I have transcribed one of my ancestor's wills - it is from 1813 in Hereford, England. There is only one particular section that I can't figure out. It is 5 lines up from the bottom of the page I will ...
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Reading the baptismal entry for Wolff Schweitzer's child (Sontra 1636)

I'm having a bit of trouble reading and translating the "Mar" section at the bottom here: At the moment, I have: Wolff Schweitzers kind hain Schwager gewaffen Hans Schmüch Mayer kind ...
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Reading the name of the father of Johann Henrich Illart (Mihla, 1731)

I cannot read the name of Johann Henrich Illart's father from either his baptism nor his burial record. It looks like "S__ndal" to my eye, and if I'm reading it right, it shows him as being ...
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Reading death record of Margret Hasert (1624)

This is one of the earliest Hasert/Schüchel records I've found, from Mihla, Germany in 1624. I'm having some difficulties reading it, however. The transcription as far as I can figure it out: Den 4 ...
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Where would Büchenan have been in Thuringia in 1730?

This is a marriage record from Mihla, Germany, in 1730. My best reading of the 2nd and 3rd lines is: Hanß Georg Monton, Bürgers Zu Creuzburg, [mia?] [und?] An= spänners und Schultzens Zu Büchenan ...
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Transcription assistance for a baptism record from 1620 in Mihla, Germany

The surnames here look quite interesting for two of my lines, but I'm having difficulty reading the writing. Can you fix the errors in my transcription? Sommabeu aliheniradias domini getauff Ni claus ...
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Reading Philipp Burkhardt's profession

I can't read the profession of Anna Maria's father. My Kurrent is still not great, and I can't read the letters well enough to figure out a word that fits. It sort of looks like it's "Bürger u. ...
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Who did Hanß Burckhardt marry in Madelungen in 1659?

Unfortunately, I cannot read the name of the woman Hanß Burckhardt married here, in Madelungen in 1659. Can anyone make out either of her names here?
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Reading Johann Wilhelm's surname and father's profession

I'm trying to parse this text: As near as I can read it, Johann Wilhelm's last name was Graun? And his father, Johann Georg Graun[?] was a "Bürger und Schwein[dnenifter?]" - citizen and ...
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Reading Johann Georg Burkhardt's profession

I cannot parse the last word of this line about Johann Georg Burkhardt. Can anyone help with his profession?
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Reading name of father on German baptism record for Maria Magdalena Burkhardt Langenheld

The excerpt here is from the baptism record of Maria Magdalena Burkhardt Langenheld, an illegitimate birth in 1779. It transcribes as "(...)inn Langenheldin, durch [?] er zeugtes Töchterlein, ...
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Transcribing and translating Civil Guard document from Spain

I am trying to work my way through a Civil Guard document I received from Spain for my Great Grandfather. It documents records for his service in the Civil Guard. I tried to transcript this section: ...
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Identifying the cause of death

This is a photo of my ancestors cause of death. For the life of me I cannot decipher what it says. If anyone has a good idea or even a hint of what it is please let me know!
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Deciphering cause of death and surname of informant

Can someone help me with deciphering the informant's surname (first line in the second box)and cause of death (first line in the first box)?
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Understanding name on German headstone

I can use an online translator to understand the first half: Bertha M, wife of John Shrader, died May 17, 1885. Age 34 years, 6 months, 28 days. This matches my other records for this person, maiden ...
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Does anyone know where Gilford, Yorkshire is / was?

I found the census entry below and I read the place of birth for William Thacker as Gilford, Yorkshire. I have been unable to find a location for this or anything similar. Does anyone have any ...
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Transcribing Spanish text (and translating into English) on Death Certificate

My Great Grandfathers death certificate has this entry: I can make out some of the words but not all of them and would appreciate assistance in determining an accurate translation into English for my ...
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Reading occupation in 1860 US census record

Below is an excerpt from an 1860 US Census record for Wheeling, (West) Virginia. What is the occupation listed at the bottom? The first letter looks like an M, and the last three look like 'der'. ...
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Translating French documents [closed]

I need some help translating a couple of documents from 1800's France. The first one is this birth record for Philippe Kindelberger.
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Locating Reihngnahting/Reihmahting in Germany

I'm hoping someone can help me read a place name. I found the attached on Ancestry in Baltimore, Passenger Lists, 1820-1964: Name Georg Muggenthaler Birthdate 1826 Age 32 Arrival Date Jul 1858 Port of ...
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Who did Emerich Braunschweig marry?

This is the church book entry for my 11ggf Emerich Braunschweig's marriage, in 1593. It is in German. Unfortunately, I can't make out anything legible here other than his name. I'm hoping that ...
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Deciphering names from Spanish marriage certificate

I am trying to decipher two names on this Spanish Marriage certificate: This is what I do know: Manuel Muñoz Guilloume Aurosa Pérez Arellano The two items in bold I am not sure about.
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Transcribing and making sense of baptism record written in Kurrent

This baptism record is from Creuzburg, in 1758. The bits in brackets are the bits I'm having trouble with. 20.† Anna Maria, [Vyl] Nicolaus Beckens, Ackermanns      zu [Elmau] töchterlein ist den 11. ...
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What is the house number on this 1891 Census record?

Here is a census entry for Mary Ann Brown in 1891. I notice in the transcription that it says 61 East Street. On the image though it looks like this: I no longer have access to view the images on ...
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Decipher name of Reverend on Burial entry

This is a snippet from a burial entry. I am not permitted to show the full image: I am trying to decipher the name of the Reverend. I think it is: Rev. A. E. Markly. This was in 1933 in Salisbury at ...
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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., ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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"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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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/?...
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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?
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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 ...
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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-...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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