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Black’s Law Dictionary; 1st and 2nd Edition on CD

Vital records, land records, legal documents, and many other genealogically critical resources are full of legal terminology. As laws and countries change, so does the verbiage in such records. The older the document the more difficult it may be to interpret all the legal mumbo jumbo. Over the decades, Black’s Law Dictionary has been a […]

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Deciphering Gothic Records

Deciphering Gothic Records is a great little flip book designed to help those with German ancestry read and understand older German documents and handwriting. The books contents include information and words common to traditional vital records; including; birth, christenings, marriages, deaths, and burials. Fay S. Dearden created Deciphering Gothic Records: Useful Hints for Helping You […]

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MORE What Did They Mean By That?

What Did They Mean By That? A Dictionary of Historical and Genealogical Terms Old and New has long been the most popular historical dictionary carried by Family Roots Publishing. This book provides an understanding, in modern terms, for words used in the past. Many of these words, used historically in everyday conversation, to describe items, […]

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Black’s Law Dictionary

Vital records, land records, legal documents, and many other genealogically critical resources are full of legal terminology. As laws and countries change, so does the verbiage in such records. The older the document the more difficult it may be to interpret all the legal mumbo jumbo. Over the decades, Black’s Law Dictionary has been a […]

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What Did They Do? Ancestral Terminology

A dictionary, a glossary, a desk reference, I am not sure any of these perfectly describe What Did They Do? Ancestral Terminology. However, Dr. Penelope Christensen, the author, calls the book a dictionary, so I guess that is good enough for this review. In her words, the book is “a dictionary of names of occupations, […]

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Reading Non-English Records

Tracing one’s history in their own native language offers plenty of challenges. Changes in writing styles and in handwriting, problems with damage and discoloration, both added to transcription and indexing errors can make record finding and reading difficult at times. However, at some point most researchers find themselves with an even greater challenge: finding and […]

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