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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Phillimore & Co Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860776515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860776519
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.8 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hilary Marshall is a genealogist.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lynda J. Christian on 25 Jan. 2013
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A good quality paperback book containing appropriate illustrations, commentaries and translations. This is a book which endeavours to help those of us unfamiliar with old fashioned cursive script and letter forms. That this author knows her subject well is evident throughout the book.

Despite the considerable help I know is held within the pages of this tome, I still have difficulty in attempting to transcribe documents from the mid to late 1700's. I believe the reason for this difficulty lies within myself as there is a necessity to have some idea of what particular squiggle one is attempting to translate before finding it in the book. It is exceedingly difficult to do this in reverse. The individual 'hand' of each manuscript author, period of writing and locality contributes to the variety and this is covered by the extensive section on the characteristics of individual letters.

This is not an easy read but is a definite aid to understanding.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By milly on 8 Dec. 2012
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This is an excellent book with many examples of early handwriting, with transcriptions and translations from Latin - which I needed for an old document. Very lucid commentaries, well printed and presented. I have already recommended to fellow
family researchers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Corven on 2 Mar. 2014
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Contains a long line of examples of each letter from around 1400 to 1800 with examples of transcriptions, notation and explanations in an easily digestable form. We're finding it very useful in our small group at present transcribing documents between 1707 & 1790 - especially as some of the forms of the letters appear to be very early forms (hot cross bun letter C for example). We have lots of previous examples from the course we all did on Transcribing old documents, but this brings things together in one small resource.
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By Chrissie Sweet on 11 May 2014
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I hadn't realised how difficult it was to read "old" writing, now having read this book I am starting to be able to decipher words quicker.
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