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American & English Palaeography 1500 to 1900
Workshop on American & Early Modern English Palaeography

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Can't read that will or land deed? Not sure if the document concerns your family? Want to understand old documents, especially letters, family bibles, and civil and church records, which relate to your family and your family history?

Palaeography, for the genealogist and family historian, is the study of old handwriting to understand family and public documents. Palaeography can be an essential skill for genealogists, family historians, and historians as they decipher letters, family bibles, charters, civil, church, and vital records, and more.

The workshop will discuss the reading of old documents from the 1500s through to 1900, types of handwriting in American & Early Modern English records, various problem letterforms, abbreviations, capitalization, spelling, punctuation, and ligatures. The workshop will also include transcription of some documents to practice the reading and transcription of documents.

Jim Tingen has a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Masters in Library Science from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He also studied genealogy and family history at BYU and taught classes in the University Continuing Education Program. Jim is an avid genealogist and enjoys the hunt for family members.

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