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Paleography: Interpreting Handwriting in Genealogical Research

General Reference and Dictionaries

Languages change over time. Examples of such lexicographical change include common phrases which have now fallen into disuse, former names of diseases and places, units of measurement, and general words which are no longer used or have new meanings. These dictionaries can help you understand what the documents your ancestors wrote and signed were all about.

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