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

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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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Transcribing a baptism from 1704 in Heinebach

I'm trying to read a baptism entry from 1704 in Heinebach. The priest's handwriting is pretty terrible, however. I could use assistance in finishing this transcription. den 23 xembr ist Wilhelm ...
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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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Comparing 1842 and 1861 signatures of William Barrett?

I have spent a long time trying to trace my gg grandfather William Barrett. I believe he married twice first at the age of 20 in 1842 and secondly at the age of 39 in 1861. The top signature is ...
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Transcribing Weidelbach entry from 1735

I have another entry that's quite difficult to read, and for which I could use some help with transcription. So far, I have: Catharina Elisabetha. Joh. [?] Schwei- tzers und Anna Elisabetha [?]in ...
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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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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 ...
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How to Decipher months in Virginia tax records with Information on the Collection Methodology?

I'm browsing the Binns Virginia Personal and Land tax records from 1780s, 1790s, and 1800s and often the month is very hard to read. For example, I think William Samples is July 12, 1799, but very ...
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Transcribing marriage record from 1627 Winnenden

This record comes from the marriage register of Winnenden, Rems-Murr-Kreis, Württemberg. I can read most of it: Herr Conradt Rieger, Bürgermeister allhie, und Maria, weyland Herrn Johann Christoff ...
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Identifying language of 1840s document in West Indies

I have an old document that was submitted to a governmental office in the West Indies. The file that the document originated from had other documents in French, English and Danish. I can't identify ...
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