Here are some great resources to decipher handwritten Mexican Church And Civil Records. Once you find your first documents and overcome the joy of finding them. It can be discouraging that you may not be able to decipher them.
I mean decipher since some are very hard to read, especially when you do not know what the document contains.
I won’t lie to you some are super easy to read but there are some that it does take considerable skill and knowledge. It took me several months of practice to really start transcribing documents with ease.
Even at that, I can not transcribe all Spanish documents, the ones I have no problems with our Mexican Church and Civil documents. Don’t tell me to transcribe any other Spanish speaking country because I can’t. One thing that does help allot is looking at the other documents next to the one that I am trying to transcribe and sometimes that helps make out the words since they are similar and maybe more legible.
Here are the sources that I used to learn to transcribe Mexican Spanish Church and Civil Registry Documents. The tutorials are provided free of charge by BYU (Brigham Young University) Center for Family History and Genealogy. The following tutorial will help you get familiarized with Spanish parish records. It also contains an index of given names, surnames, abbreviations, Glossary of Spanish terms, occupations, and Racial designations
Check the tutorial here, you can choose between Spanish and English
Other Excellent Resources to Decipher Handwritten Mexican Church And Civil Records
Spanish Genealogical Word List – This list contains Spanish words with their English translations. The words included here are those that you are likely to find in genealogical sources.
Transcription Rules & Techniques – Abstracting & Transcribing Genealogical Documents, By Kimberly Powell.
Handwriting Helps by FamilySearch.org – They have three lessons dealing with Handwritten Letters, dates, and words, and Documents.
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The one that I use personally is Transcript 2.3 for its ease of use and features.
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I hope that you may have found all these resources to decipher handwritten Mexican Church And Civil records useful and helpful. I hope that you start doing your own transcriptions and hopefully your own translations. At first, as I mentioned before, it will be hard and sometimes frustrating but don’t get discouraged.