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Understanding Documents for Genealogy & Local History, Durie, Bruce

Author Name    Durie, Bruce

Title   Understanding Documents for Genealogy & Local History


Book Condition   Very Good

Publisher    The History Press

ISBN Number    0752464647 / 9780752464640

Seller ID   SKU9144375

0752464647 Trade paperback binding. Very Good. Light wear to covers/corners. Support Last Word Books & Press and independent booksellers.

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An essential guide to reading and understanding the old documents necessary for researching family or local history

Genealogists and local historians have probably seen every birth, marriage, death, and census record available, and are adept at using the internet for research. However, once they have learned everything they can from them, the next step is reading and understanding older documents. These can be hard to find, as not many are online, and they are often written in challenging handwriting and use legal and other unfamiliar terms. Some will be in Latin, antiquated English, or Scots. Readers need to be able to understand the nature and intent of a range of documents as well as the palaeography (the handwriting) and orthography (the "shape" of the contents). Wills, testaments, contracts, indentures, charters, land records, personal letters, official records, church records, and others, mainly from the period 1560 to 1800, are covered here as are dates, numbers, calendars, measurements and money, abbreviations, transcription conventions, letter-forms, and glossaries. It also includes a Latin primer.

Price = 24.00 USD

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