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Making sense of old handwriting

Baptism Vocabulary and Phrases


As anyone who has worked with old documents knows, the best way to learn to read handwriting in old records is to read and work with the documents themselves. Practice is the best way to put the various pieces of information discussed in the previous pages to work.

Here is an opportunity to explore an actual document and see the vocabulary and phrases that are found in a typical baptism document.


Click on a word in the document. On the left will appear specific information about the word, its usage, and alternative spellings. Below the document, there will appear information on the phrase that the word belongs to and the importance that the phrase holds to the document as a whole.

Sample Baptism Record

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