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reading an old English will

Posted: 11 Nov 2012 9:43AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello,
I have been lucky enough to find a will (Gr,Gr,Gr,Gr Grandfather from 1832). Probably contains LOTS of interesting information............only trouble is I can't read it..........beautiful even handwriting, but really difficult to understand. Eight very full pages of it!!!!!!!

I live in Australia. Can anyone put me on track as to how I might be able to get it "transcribed" and how much it might cost to do so please?

Thank you in anticipation

Regards Fay. M.

Re: reading an old English will

Posted: 11 Nov 2012 12:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi,
I put 'Old will translation' in Google and there is info.there.

Regards

Sandra

Re: reading an old English will

Posted: 13 Nov 2012 12:40PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello Fay,

If you haven't already got someone in mind to transcribe the document for you, could you scan a small part of it and post the image on here please? If I can read it, I'd be interested in transcribing it for you - favourable rates!

Christine

Re: reading an old English will

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 1:27AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 14 Nov 2012 2:25AM GMT
Hello Christine,

Thankyou for taking the time to help me with my project. Please find a copy of the first page attached to this message. I am trying to have a go at it myself, it can only be a learning curve!!!! Really excited about finding out more about the family.

On looking at the will more closely the first page (except for a small section at the bottom) is not my relative, so there will be only 7 pages in total.

It is John Burgon & family I am interested in. I will attach the 2nd page not the 1st.

Fay. M.

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Re: reading an old English will

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 10:31AM GMT
Classification: Query
It looks tricky, but not impossible - you just need to get your eye in, so to speak! Good luck with it, and like you say, it's a good learning activity. If you do need some help, keep asking. :-)

Christine

Re: reading an old English will

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 10:59AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Christine,

Can I ask what you would charge to transcribe 7 pages (same as the one I attached) please. An approx. amount will do, then I can make a descision abt whether I want the headache or whether I want to "hand-pass" it to some-one else.

Fay.M.

Re: reading an old English will

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 3:04AM GMT
Classification: Query
I did it! (transcribing the 8 page will from 1832) You were so right about "getting my eye in" The first page was quite a struggle, but as I got used to it the whole thing got easier. The BEST info I got which helped enormously was to scan it into Adobe Reader and magnify it. So, for all you budding "will readers" out there, I hope that helps.

Mind you mine was all in English (not latin etc) I am so glad that you didn't do it for me, I had a great sense of accomplishment when I finished. I must admit though it stayed in the "too hard" basket for quite a long while

Cheers Fay

Re: reading an old English will

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 1:27PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Fay,

I must apologise as I didn't see your earlier post asking me what I might charge - can't think why I missed it being as it was only sent a little while after I posted my last reply! Anyway, in the end, like you I'm glad I didn't do it for you - there's nothing like being able to gradually see what it means all by yourself. Well done! :-)

Christine

Re: reading an old English will

Posted: 14 Apr 2013 1:52AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello Christine,

In my reply I forgot to thank you for your encouragement "to have a go" myself. If not for that I'd have taken the easy way out and hand-passed it to someone else. It was like doing a 10,000 piece jigsaw puzzle, difficult but rewarding, and the information contained in it was well worth the effort.

Cheers Fay

Re: reading an old English will

Posted: 14 Apr 2013 1:52AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello Christine,

In my reply I forgot to thank you for your encouragement "to have a go" myself. If not for that I'd have taken the easy way out and hand-passed it to someone else. It was like doing a 10,000 piece jigsaw puzzle, difficult but rewarding, and the information contained in it was well worth the effort.

Cheers Fay
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