Saturday, October 23, 2010

Whose the Mother?

I've had this document for years (my great-grandparents' marriage application from 1898) and just now got to thinking about 14--mother of the bride. I thought I knew what it said, but I'm posting it here for anyone who cares to try and read it.
This is also posted on "Genealogy Transcriber" as well for today, but thought since it relates to families I've written about for Casefile Clues, I'd post it here as well.


  1. Florence A Buttler

    old style "r", the rest is pretty clear.

  2. I will add to that "how I did it" which seems to be in the spirit of this site.
    Generally, in a case like this, I start with last letter and work backwards.
    In the case of handwriting I try to write the letter myself to see if it "makes sense"
    Then I look for other instances of the letter to get an idea of the range or variation the writer has when writing that particular letter.
    I also look at similar letter, particularly capitals, to see if there are any special embellishments the writer uses for different letters.
    So the e, c, n and e were fairly easy. The r is a classic "old style" r and an e precedes that. The next letter seems to me to be a fairly straight forward l which gives us lorence as all but the first letter.
    At item 7 you can see that the writer did a capital F in two moves with "Francis". You can follow the moves in item 3 "Farmer".
    A capital letter similar to a capital F is T. The only difference between the "T's" in 2 and 16 and the "F" in 3 is the cross back across the upright on the F in 3.
    This all points to an "F". One last question is what else could it be and a the sample has examples of many other capitals. Going through these and the rest of the alphabet really only leaves "F" as the most probable.