Did Pastor Slip in a Little Foreign Script?

The pastor of an immigrant church may have written most of the church records in English, but sometimes he would slip and write in the script of his native language. The pastor a rural Illinois church in the late 1800s wrote most of every entry in English script, but occasionally he would render something in a somewhat Germanic style.

This made it difficult to transcribe some names and easy to interpret them incorrectly.

Don’t always assume the entire entry is in the same script–especially if the church has many immigrants and the pastor is one of them.


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