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Your transcription challenge

Improve your palaeography skills

What does this census say?

The ability to read old handwriting is such an invaluable tool for the family historian that each issue we’ll be setting you some text to transcribe. Here’s an extract from a page in the 1861 Census. The handwriting is typical of mid-19th century script. How many of the occupations can you work out? Have a go: transcribe the wording below and compare your transcription in the next issue.

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Make the most of hibernation indoors this winter with our January 2018 issue. It’s full of family history tips and stories, plus a masterclass guide to essential church records. In addition, there are this issue’s Family Tree Academy challenges for our genealogy learn-along. If you have a new smart phone or device, you’ll love our new series with technology tips for family historians (don’t miss a trick that the web or your mobile can help you out with!). There is so much to enjoy, there’s no time to waste! Wishing you a very Happy New Year of family history to come.