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Improve your palaeography skills

Your transcription challenge

What does this will say?

In the first Family Tree Academy we asked you to have a go at transcribing part of a will. That will was proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury and we published the registered copy, which was written in a very stylised script.

The original wills were generally written by clerks in solicitors’ Offices, or sometimes by our ancestors themselves, and the handwriting styles tend to be far more individual. Here’s a will, written in a very florid hand and dating from 1710, which was proved in the Archdeaconry Court of London. Have a go at transcribing the first six lines and see how you get on.

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