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Old Documents for Genealogists

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Program Description

Clues to Reading & Interpreting Handwriting in Old Documents In your search to discover your family's history, you are bound to come across some very old, very difficult to read documents. Join genealogist and educator, Elizabeth Briggs to learn some tips and tricks for deciphering these frustrating texts. The following topics will be covered in this class: Learning to read the letters, words and sentences in old documents. Early writing materials Forms of the alphabet Yogh & Thorn Recognizing different styles of letters Techniques for reading old handwriting Simple contractions & abbreviations Be flexible with spelling SCHEDULE Day: Tuesday Date: May 3, 2022 Time: 10:00 to Noon THIS IS AN ONLINE CLASS You will receive a Zoom link with your confirmation email after you register. ABOUT THE PRESENTER Elizabeth Briggs was born and educated in Glamorgan, South Wales. She continued her post secondary education in Canada. She holds a B.Sc., B.Ed., and M.Ed. degrees. She has taught Biology, Chemistry and Leadership for many years at the high school level. Elizabeth is retired and spends time on family research, teaching genealogy and genealogical research for the government. Elizabeth has volunteered at the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives where she developed a database for almost ten thousand Servants’ Contracts from 1776-1926. Elizabeth has written or co-authored a number of books to help people research their family history. Some of these include: Biographical Resources at the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, Volumes One and Two, Before Modern Medicine: Diseases and Yesterday’s Remedies, and, York Factory Medical Journals, 1846-1849. Elizabeth has been an invited speaker to Smithers, B.C., the Ontario Genealogical Society Seminar, Orkney Family History Society, Scotland and Manitoba Genealogical Society. She has been Genealogist in Residence at the Millennium Library. Elizabeth has been a regular presenter at Winnipeg Libraries, Creative Retirement and the Brandon Genealogical Seminars. Elizabeth is a past president of the Manitoba Genealogical Society.

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