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Questions tagged [palaeography]

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

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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 ...
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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 ...
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Deciphering cause of death?

I can't make this cause of death out: What might it be?
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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Decoding trophy cards of german soldiers (WWII)

Could anyone help with decoding the handwriting on two german photo cards from WWII?
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What was the career of Patrick Golden on the 1870 census?

I am unable to read what follows "Painter" in the 1870 federal census record for Patrick Golden of Boston: What is in parentheses after his name? It appears to start with "H". Here is the full page:
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What was William H. Clements' military service shown on this military grave registration?

I know that William H. Clements was part of the Mississippi Rifles from a military pension record index entry. Specifically, he served 1846-1847 in Company C. According to the Army National Guard ...
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What is the meaning of the handwritten notation on the pension record of Charles Clements?

I am trying to interpret this US Revolutionary War pension payment record: I am interested in the date of death of Charles Clements of Flauvanna, Virginia. The line for him ends with this notation: ...
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Reading names on 1912 City of Chicago death certificate?

What are the names of the father and mother on this death 1912 death certificate? Her husband was known to have been born in Kiev, so it is likely she and her family are from Kiev (despite the ...
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Where is Shemelincsi, Volynsk guberniya in Russia?

I'm trying to determine where in Russia the town/city from the passenger list actually is located in Russia today - below pic is for the passenger "Belinsky" showing contact and town/city for 1911 ...
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What is written over some of these Irish birth records?

In the below Irish birth records, two entries that interest me, 476 and 477, were crossed out, with some cursive writing on top of them (most visible in entries 473, 474, and 476). What is written ...
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Deciphering place names in Northern Alsace?

I am having some difficulties with a 1797 marriage record from Birlenbach, Northern Alsace (departement Bas-Rhin), specifically some of the geography. The record is hard to retrieve (all they let me ...
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Determining if mid-18th century signatures are from same hand?

All three are by the groom in an English marriage certificate. #1 from 1751 lists him as a bachelor; #2 from 1758 lists him as a widower; #3 from 1763 does not specify a marital status. All are from ...
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Are these two signatures from the same person?

Are there any standard techniques for comparing signatures to determine the likelihood that they are or are not by the same person? When my great-5-grandfather Daniel Cooper signed his will in 1792, ...
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Interpreting (yet another) 17th century German church record?

Very much on the same topic as an earlier question, Interpreting 17th century German church record?, I have found a lead for further research (quite obvious lead but my subscription on Archion had run ...
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Reading surname from US, Massachusetts Boston - Crew Lists, 1917-1943?

I’m currently indexing records from US, Massachusetts Boston - Crew Lists, 1917-1943. I’m having trouble reading the surname of a particular crew member. As usual with indexing, r, s, u, n, t, w, and ...
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Translating a handwritten Ireland baptism record

I have a record of Martin Ryan baptism by Rootsireland record but it doesn't have everything the original document has. Rootsireland record: Registers.nli.ie record (https://registers.nli.ie/...
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What is being recorded in this Latin church vital record?

I have a document from the Ljubljana archives in Slovenia that I do not understand: As best I can tell, it is written in Latin and there are alternating columns for male and female sex. I think a ...
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What is this hand written, abbreviated month?

I have a death section of a family bible and I'm having trouble reading it: The entry for James B Scott died Feb ?Sep? 21, 1953. Is that month September, April, or another month in 1953? The first ...
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What is this first name or Haynes surname?

I need help recognizing this first name for Haynes: I think it begins with a B perhaps something like Barimanus? This comes from the Franklin County, Virginia personal tax list for 1786.
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What is the cause of death on this certificate?

I'm struggling to read the cause of death on this certificate: I can make out: Chronic ? 6 years Exhaustion 2 years ? might be rheumatism, but I've never heard of that being fatal before.
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Reading illegible marriage record?

I need help reading this marriage record. This is what I can decipher: Jones Catherine Oct 21 ----- of Brook St. Chester daughter of Robt Jones a ---------- ---- 22.8.1903 at R.O. Chester -...
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Interpreting 17th century German church record?

I'm an amateur genealogist and I have browsed through 17th and 18th century German church records in pursuit of my ancestry and I am now stuck. Background My sources come from: https://www.archion....
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Reading Austrian public record?

This is a mention on a public record in Vienna, AT around 1916. How can you help me reading additional mentions in 1928, 1939 and 1940? Context is Matricula online from a church record in Vienna, ...
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Translating German/Latin in German marriage record from 1706?

Can anyone here help me decipher the salacious comments on this marriage record? I get the main points. On April 6, 1706, my x-great grandfather's brother Christoph (of Untertürkheim, Württemberg) ...
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What errors are in this transcription in Status Animarum from Slovenia?

I've attempted to transcribe the entry for Mali Cirnik 11 in the Austrian Empire in the first half of the 19th century: This is written in German using Kurrent handwriting style. In particular, I ...
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Reading word on 1908 death certificate from New South Wales?

Today I obtained the Death Certificate of my 2nd great grandfather Robert John Steven Sellers who died in Sydney on 18 Jan 1908. In the picture below I am trying to read the middle of the three ...
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What does this Peninsular War medal roll say?

I am looking on this peninsular war medal roll under Charles Ormond and cannot understand what this abbreviation means. The column above reads "Particulars of Clasps". It looks to say "Bus to C.R.B....
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Did the spelling of this surname change or is it misread?

I have several examples of this same surname over time as shared in this answer for a marriage record. Oldest example in Kurrent handwriting (around 1800): Groom of the marriage in 1837: Father of ...
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What does location Boshte mean?

I've got a Status Animarium from Ljubljana in the early 1800s written in German using Kurrent handwriting and it lists a birth location as ditto Boshte, underlined in red, but I don't understand what ...
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What is this first name for Gregorčič witness to marriage?

I have a marriage record from 1837 written in German with a groom's witness with surname Gregorčič (written Gregorzhizh in German). It appears close to Anton but that doesn't quite work to my eye, so ...
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Is this surname Maizen?

I've got a marriage record from 1837 written in German and wish to determine the maiden name of the bride's mother underlined in red: I think it says Maria Maizen, but I'm not sure.
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Is this last name Jurglič?

I have this last name written a bunch of times (underlined in red): From a Status Animarium in early 1800s, the first instance is written to end in zh which I believe is German way to write č Here ...
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What is this last name that looks like Kennet?

I'm trying to read this name, that I have written twice in this image (underlined in red): My current working theory is Maria Kennet. This is a marriage record from the Austrian Empire and is ...
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What are names and dates in this Status Animarum for Mali Cirnik 13?

Here is a German Status Animarum for the Mali Cirnik 13 (Kleinz Zirnik) household in the Šentrupert parish in the early 1800s. I've added what I think are the names and dates as written in German, ...
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What are names and dates in this Status Animarum for Gregorcčič at Roženberk 6?

Here is a German Status Animarum for the Roženberk 6 household in the Šentrupert parish in the early 1800s. I've added what I think are the names and dates as written in German, but expect I have ...
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What is German translation of this Marriage record written in Kurrent?

I have an photo of a computer showing a scan of a marriage register for the household shown in this answer which is also written in German using Kurrent style of cursive: I'd like to know what the ...
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What are the names in this Status Animarum from Slovenia?

I have a Status Animarum for Mali Cirnik 12 in the Šentrupert parish records stored at Ljubljana diocese in Austro-Hungarian Empire (present day Slovenia). The third line matches the birth date of ...
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Identifying cause of death on Scottish record

I'm finding this handwriting hard to read here. I'm quite certain it ends in "-tysis" but the first few letters are difficult to decode. Does anyone know what the cause of death may be here? This is ...
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Reading illegible document from Scotland's People?

I recently started using Scotland's People, and the first article I am looking at is here and I find it completely illegible, perhaps due to scanning. Can anyone help me to read the information in ...
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Reading occupations in 1841 UK census for James Nichols and his father William?

I can not read either occupations on this 1841 UK census date for James Nichols and his father William Nichols, can somebody else read it? I can not find any occupations starting with PIN that match ...
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What does Orring County North Carolina mean in Quaker records?

These pages from the Cane Creek Monthly Meeting records in North Carolina have several entries that refer to Orring County: Sarah Wright daughter of John & Rachel Wright was; born in North ...
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What is this town in Macedonia, Greece?

I have been indexing on a FamilySearch (US Oregon Draft Registration WWII, this particular record was registered in 1942) and have come across a place name in Macadonia, Greece that I can find no ...