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Paleography: Interpreting Handwriting in Genealogical Research

Latin Scripts

Latin was used in legal and church records in the past. The use of conventional phrases and abbreviations continues today.

Learning to read Roman numerals and a little basic Latin will help you transcribe and understand the manuscript documents that you collect.

The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.

These websites contain text samples and other source materials.