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'''How to decipher the letters '''
  
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As a child, you may have learned to write letters and numbers like these 20<sup>th</sup> century letter forms.
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[[Image:]]
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Some Danish letters look deceptively like handwriting used today. For example, a letter that you may think looks like a 20<sup>th</sup> century “B” , may actually be an old handwritten Danish “G” or
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a “V” . It can be easy to misread old handwriting. However, if you follow the steps below, and practice, you can learn to develop the ability to read old handwritten records.
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[[Image:]] = B
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[[Image:]]<nowiki>= G</nowiki>
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[[Image:]]<nowiki>= V</nowiki>
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''Follow the five steps below, to analyze and decipher a scribe’s handwriting.''
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'''1: ''Look for anything familiar to you in a record.''' ''
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'''a.''' Look for any ''numbers, letters, and/or words'' that you are reasonably confident in identifying.
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For example, look in the record below for any familiar letters, words or numbers.
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''Danish Christening Entry 1787 ''
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Did you see any of the following?
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* On line 1: The second word appears to consist of fairly distinct
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letters (Visitationis).
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The third word also appears to contain fairly distinct letters (Maria).
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The fifth figure appears to be a number (2), followed by the word (July).
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[[Image:]] [[Image:]]
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* On line 2, the third word , appears to begin with the capital letter “D.”
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* On line 3, in the fifth word , some letters appear to be similar to the word
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on line 1.
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[[Image:]] [[Image:]]
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* On line 5, the first word appears to be similar to on line 2.
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[[Image:]] [[Image:]]
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'''b.''' If you cannot read a word, '''go to step ''“2. Decipher unknown letters''.”'''
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If you think that you can read a word, '''go to step “''5. Compare complete/incomplete words with words in '''''
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'''''the Word Lists.''”'''
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'''''As needed, '''study the sample church and census records in the back of this guide. ''

Revision as of 14:57, 3 June 2008

Text for: How to decipher the letters

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How to decipher the letters

As a child, you may have learned to write letters and numbers like these 20th century letter forms.


[[Image:]]

Some Danish letters look deceptively like handwriting used today. For example, a letter that you may think looks like a 20th century “B” , may actually be an old handwritten Danish “G” or

a “V” . It can be easy to misread old handwriting. However, if you follow the steps below, and practice, you can learn to develop the ability to read old handwritten records.

[[Image:]] = B

[[Image:]]= G

[[Image:]]= V


Follow the five steps below, to analyze and decipher a scribe’s handwriting.

1: Look for anything familiar to you in a record.


a. Look for any numbers, letters, and/or words that you are reasonably confident in identifying.

For example, look in the record below for any familiar letters, words or numbers.

Line 1

Line 2

Line 3

Line 4

Line 5

Line 6

[[Image:]]


Danish Christening Entry 1787

Did you see any of the following?

  • On line 1: The second word appears to consist of fairly distinct

letters (Visitationis).

[[Image:]]

The third word also appears to contain fairly distinct letters (Maria).

[[Image:]]

The fifth figure appears to be a number (2), followed by the word (July).

[[Image:]] [[Image:]]

  • On line 2, the third word , appears to begin with the capital letter “D.”

[[Image:]]

  • On line 3, in the fifth word , some letters appear to be similar to the word

on line 1.

[[Image:]] [[Image:]]

  • On line 5, the first word appears to be similar to on line 2.

[[Image:]] [[Image:]]

b. If you cannot read a word, go to step “2. Decipher unknown letters.”

If you think that you can read a word, go to step “5. Compare complete/incomplete words with words in

the Word Lists.


As needed, study the sample church and census records in the back of this guide.