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​THE HANDS

Dutch is a Germanic language and comes from Old Saxon and resembles the German and English languages. Latin also commonly appears in old Dutch records. Dutch records occasionally appear in French as the Netherlands has a strong, tangled history with France and thus reflects strong French influence.

The handwriting definitely favors English and French styles and not the old German scripts, although in areas near the German border and in some Lutheran church records may be written in a German script.​

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