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4.0 out of 5 stars good book
it has challenging exercises plenty to work on and the answers are at back and very clear to use, It takes time and effort but rewards will be worth the effort. Do not expect an easy ride
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3.0 out of 5 stars A useful supplement to standard Latin grammars, but not error-free
This book presents the basics of Latin grammar, together with a good selection of non-classical Latin vocabulary, and is one of only two books (the other being Latin for Local History by Eileen Gooder) that cover the topic of Latin for local historians and genealogists.

As someone who has taught myself Latin to a reasonable level, using this book among others,...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A useful supplement to standard Latin grammars, but not error-free, 30 Dec 2012
This review is from: Latin for Local and Family Historians (Paperback)
This book presents the basics of Latin grammar, together with a good selection of non-classical Latin vocabulary, and is one of only two books (the other being Latin for Local History by Eileen Gooder) that cover the topic of Latin for local historians and genealogists.

As someone who has taught myself Latin to a reasonable level, using this book among others, I do have a few minor criticisms. Some of the explanations are rather terse, and reference to a standard Latin textbook may be helpful in understanding some topics. There are also several minor errors that I have spotted, and there are no doubt others.

The book uses medieval Latin spellings, but in the early modern period classical spellings became the norm again and were widely used in documents used by family historians such as marriage bonds, probate clauses in wills and on monumental inscriptions. This is not explained, and there are examples from documents of this type using medieval Latin spelling in which the family history researcher is more likely to encounter classical spelling, which may be confusing to readers of this book who have little experience of such documents.

On page 37, the author states that 'The past perfect tense is sometimes formed not with sum, es, est etc. but with eram, eras, erat etc.' That is perfectly correct, but it was also often formed with fui, fuisti, fuit etc., with forms such as 'baptizatus(-a) fuit' quite common in parish registers, and 'probatum fuit' in probate clauses, and fuit is likely to be encountered more frequently that erat, so it would have been helpful if this had been mentioned at this point.

On page 38 the translation of 'teneri et firmiter obligari' is given as 'am bound and firmly held' but should be 'am held and firmly bound'.

Exercise 45(f) on page 49 includes the phrase 'dum oves pascit' (while feeding his sheep) in which 'pascit', referring to a continuous past event during which another event took place, follows correct Latin practice by being in the present tense following 'dum'. The author states 'One would have expected pascebat an imperfect tense'. The implication is that the writer of the Latin had deviated from standard practice, which was not the case.

On page 50 'ad quarum quidem solucionem' should be 'ad quam quidem solucionem'.

At the top of page 51, in Exercise 57, 'obligo nos' (I bind ourselves) should be 'obligamus nos' (we bind ourselves).

In the top half of page 55, 'meos veros executors' should be 'meos veros executores'.

On page 116, in the Glossary, it is stated that 'coram' takes the accusative, whereas it actually takes the ablative.

Despite these minor omissions and errors, this is a fairly comprehensive introduction for those who know no Latin or very little, and for those who already have a fair knowledge of classical Latin it highlights the differences found in local history sources.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book, 18 Jan 2014
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it has challenging exercises plenty to work on and the answers are at back and very clear to use, It takes time and effort but rewards will be worth the effort. Do not expect an easy ride
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wrong choice for me!!, 14 Jan 2010
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I have been involved with local history research for over 25 years & have numerous reference books in my library. I have a latin dictionary but felt that this book might help with some more detailed info in deeds & other historical manuscripts but it was too heavy going for me - I was looking for a quick answer but this publication really needs you to STUDY!! Probably very well written & useful to some folk but not for me - sorry!
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