Latin for Local and Family Historians.
A Beginner's Guide
Date of publication: 2006
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Latin is the language of a vast quantity of source material but despite the popularity of researching family and local history there has been no recent textbook to help the beginner understand it. This user-friendly book has been written by a former university teacher of Latin and local history with over twenty years experience.
It starts by dealing with basic grammar and goes on to deal with the structure and vocabulary of the records used in local and family research. These include parish registers, marriage licences and bonds, episcopal visitations, church court records, sepulchral inscriptions, wills, manorial court rolls, charters and deeds. A final chapter explains the abbreviations used in Medieval Latin. It contains all the necessary tables of declensions and conjugations plus a comprehensive glossary.