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Back to [[Portal:Denmark|Denmark Portal Page]]►  
 
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'''Text for: '''''How to decipher the letters ''
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'''Text for: '''''How to decipher the letters''  
  
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<br>'''How to decipher the letters'''
  
'''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.
  
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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<br>[[Image:]]  
 
 
 
 
[[Image:]]
 
  
 
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  
 
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.  
 
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
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[[Image:]] = B  
 
 
[[Image:]]<nowiki>= G</nowiki>
 
 
 
[[Image:]]<nowiki>= V</nowiki>
 
  
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[[Image:]]<nowiki>= G</nowiki>
  
''Follow the five steps below, to analyze and decipher a scribe’s handwriting.''
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[[Image:]]<nowiki>= V</nowiki>
  
'''1: ''Look for anything familiar to you in a record.''' ''
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<br>''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.'''''
  
'''a.''' Look for any ''numbers, letters, and/or words'' that you are reasonably confident in identifying.  
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<br>'''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.  
 
For example, look in the record below for any familiar letters, words or numbers.  
  
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<br>''Danish Christening Entry 1787''  
''Danish Christening Entry 1787 ''
 
  
 
Did you see any of the following?  
 
Did you see any of the following?  
  
* On line 1: The second word appears to consist of fairly distinct  
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*On line 1: The second word appears to consist of fairly distinct
  
letters (Visitationis).
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letters (Visitationis).  
  
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The third word also appears to contain fairly distinct letters (Maria).  
 
The third word also appears to contain fairly distinct letters (Maria).  
  
[[Image:]]
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[[Image:]]  
  
 
The fifth figure appears to be a number (2), followed by the word (July).  
 
The fifth figure appears to be a number (2), followed by the word (July).  
  
[[Image:]] [[Image:]]
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[[Image:]] [[Image:]]  
  
* On line 2, the third word , appears to begin with the capital letter “D.”  
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*On line 2, the third word , appears to begin with the capital letter “D.”
  
[[Image:]]
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[[Image:]]  
  
* On line 3, in the fifth word , some letters appear to be similar to the word  
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*On line 3, in the fifth word , some letters appear to be similar to the word
  
 
on line 1.  
 
on line 1.  
  
[[Image:]] [[Image:]]
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[[Image:]] [[Image:]]  
  
* On line 5, the first word appears to be similar to on line 2.  
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*On line 5, the first word appears to be similar to on line 2.
  
[[Image:]] [[Image:]]
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[[Image:]] [[Image:]]  
  
 
'''b.''' If you cannot read a word, '''go to step ''“2. Decipher unknown letters''.”'''  
 
'''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 '''''
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If you think that you can read a word, '''go to step “''5. Compare complete/incomplete words with words in'''''  
 
 
'''''the Word Lists.''”'''
 
  
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'''''the Word Lists.''”'''
  
'''''As needed, '''study the sample church and census records in the back of this guide. ''
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<br>'''''As needed, '''study the sample church and census records in the back of this guide.''  
  
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Revision as of 01:51, 19 August 2009

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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.