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

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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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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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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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Deciphering a word from a Spanish birth record (1903 Latin America)

I got my hands on a 1903 birth certificate from Managua, Nicaragua. I speak Spanish (as a non-native), but have issues to decipher one word shown below. I can read ... de Granada. The whole record ...
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What are the names of these Polish villages?

I found a seelenliste of the Wojnowski family which includes their places of birth. The only problem is that they were all born in different places (according to this) and some of the names are ...
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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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"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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Understanding entries in Charlotte County Personal Tax Table for Deceased Person?

I'm looking at the Charlotte County Personal Tax records for 1798 (paywalled) as shown in this image: Isaac Brizendine died in 1797, and I believe the first line ends with Estate and the second line ...
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Reading place of birth in France on 1881 Census for Camberwell (London)?

I'm looking in to a person, Pierre Louis Oscar Cordier and one thing I'm still struggling with is finding where in France he is from. In the above picture is him in the 1881 Census, he is a Pastry ...
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What is occupation that looks like "Pre MJ" on 1841 census from Cornwall, England?

In the screenshot below, I have been unable to decipher the Profession, Trade or Employment of Joseph Green in the 1841 Census at St Clements, Cornwall, England. To me the first word has three ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ???...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Name of the church for this parish register?

This is a slip that identifies the parish register for the marriage of Frédéric Cormier and Emma Tétreault (see the related question Finding Actes notariés (Notarial Acts) when Notary's name is known?)...
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Is "Incain" an old spelling of insane?

This bishop's transcript shows cause of death, which is quite illuminating especially the number that are just listed as "decline". The record at number 49, of William Towler, has cause of death ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Polish/Russian city Name from 1912 Manifest

I'm looking to transcribe a Polish/Russian city name from 1912 Manifest. I'm excited to have found the right ancestor on a passenger list, but I can't quite make out the name of the city marked as "...
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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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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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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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How to Decipher U.S. Passenger Manifest Text?

Would love some help with deciphering the attached Passenger Manifest. I can't make out the text in Line 14, Col 11 of the first image AND Line 14, Col 18 of the second image. The line in question (...
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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 &...
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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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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 might 'pitt Zink' in 1873 South Australian diary mean?

Below is the entry for 23 May 1873 in the diary of my 3rd great grandfather Thomas Hitchcox which was written at Fullarton, South Australia. Thomas had emigrated from Staffordshire, England in 1854 (...
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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 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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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 ???...
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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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What month was Allie Tharp born as shown in 1900 U.S. census?

On the 1900 census, the month for line 94, Allie Tharp is not legible to me. I've compared to other readable dates on the page and cannot determine what month she is reported to have been born in, ...
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How to interpret hand written will that refers to children and possibly in-laws?

I'm looking at the March 8, 1869 will of Samuel Fought in Monroe, Cumberland, Pennsylvania shown here: I'm having trouble reading the names of his children. As best as I can tell it reads something ...
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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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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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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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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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What is this annotation on tax record for Virginia with no males?

I have a 1792 Charlotte County, Virginia Tax record for Harrison Monday that contains some kind of annotation: The tax record records zero tithable males and 2 horses for a tax of $0.04. Since there ...
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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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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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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 this handwriting say for location of final destination?

I'm trying to read the handwriting on this ship manifest for Carl Guna, a coal miner arriving into New York on November 13, 1912: See the one circled in red. I've included all the entries on the ...