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For Family Historians: Palaeography for Beginners

Palaeography is the study of reading and understanding ancient handwriting. David Smith aims to teach you how to read and transcribe 16th and 17th century documents.

Palaeography is the study of ancient handwriting, reading it and understanding it. In this full-day course, David Smith aims to teach you how to read and transcribe 16th and 17th century documents written in the Secretary Hand characteristic of the period.

Topics covered:
- Learn to read copies of key documents for family and local historians, such as wills;
- Practise techniques to help you tackle any unfamiliar style of handwriting;
- Find out why the Secretary Hand style came into being and why it was superseded.

Bring your own documents, written in this old style, with you. David will try to make time to help you read them.

There are no special entry requirements for this course and you do not need to be a Member of the Society of Genealogists to attend. However, it is for beginners, interested in learning how to read documents written in Secretary Hand. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail. Tea and coffee are provided during breaks. There is, of course, a lunch break and there are many restaurants and coffee bars in the area.


Mr David Smith | talks


Date and Time:

13 August 2016 at 10:30 am


Full Day



Society of Genealogists
14 Charterhouse Buildings
Goswell Road
020 7553 3290

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