Cracking the code: how to read old handwriting - Probate Inventories

Learn how to read a range of old handwritten documents in our new course

8 November 2021 11am to midday

Probate Inventories

We will look at a selection of typical formats of a document ranging from the 16th to 19th century, learning the common ways of writing particular letters, abbreviations and phrasing.

We encourage everyone to participate and take a turn reading parts of the documents – however there is no obligation to do so. 

Each session will focus on a particular group of records. This session will focus on probate inventories, lists of the items in someone’s house, and other assets, compiled after their death. This could give you the opportunity to have a virtual walk around ancestors’ homes. 

Previous knowledge/experience required: none necessary, as the session is aimed at the beginner. All the documents we look at in these sessions will be in English.

Venue: Hampshire Record Office, Winchester. Please note that if circumstances change, the session will be hosted on Zoom