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Hi everybody!
I am an expert on deciphering old German script - for example, letters, diaries, birth certificates - that were written between about 1650 and 1950. I'm planning to toot funny or weird findings from my work and from my private genealogical research, and also give general advice regarding German genealogy.

Okay hold on. I have found the worst one yet. We had a couple awful ones in this thread but this one takes the cake. I'm gonna put it behind a CW. Are you ready?

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#TIL The oldest European paper document is over 941 years old: The Missal of Silos

The Missal of Silos is the oldest known document on paper (as opposed to parchment) created in Europe; it dates to before 1080 AD.[1] The manuscript was written on quarto; it comprises 157 folios, of which folios 1 to 37 are on paper and the rest are on parchment.[2] Strictly speaking, it is not a missal: It has been described as a breviary-missal.[3] It can also be described as a Liber Mysticus or Breviarum gothicum.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missal_o

#paper #documents #europe #history

Hier mal ein paar Tipps zu inklusivem Posten im #fediverse. Diese helfen euren blinden Followings, eure Inhalte noch besser zu verstehen.

1.Fügt euren Bildern und Videos #Bildbeschreibung hinzu, in der ihr euer Bild und ggf. Dessen übersetzte Bedeutung hinterlegt. Dafür habt ihr 1000 Zeichen zur Verfügung. Funktioniert in @Mastodon, @pixelfed (Inkl. Übernahme in Mastodon o.ä.) und anderen ActivityPub-Implementationen. Bei Pixelfed versteckt sich die Funktion derzeit noch hinter „Advanced“.

Spelling is also a way of expressing individuality.

I used to be very pedantic regarding German orthography, but that changed through my work. Now I regularly defend the spelling "errors" of dead people. 😉 1. Orthographic rules have not been around for that long, and 2. the way your ancestors wrote makes their texts unique and gives you some insight about their way of thinking and their education. (Sidenote: *Most* people were not very educated and that's not something to be ashamed of.)

Eine Karte, undatiert, wahrscheinlich aus dem späten 19. Jahrhundert.
Der Prinz von W. schreibt, er käme morgen mit dem Zug nach <kleiner Ort in Bayern> um das dortige Schloss zu besichtigen und ihm wieder zu mehr Ansehen zu verhelfen. Man solle sich aber bitte keine Umstände machen und ihn nicht vom Bahnhof abholen, auch kein Gesinde schicken. Er selbst reise auch ohne Gesinde.
- Ganz schön clever. Eine kurze Recherche ergibt: Es gab nie einen Prinzen von W. oder eine solche Adelsfamilie.

We've been out time travelling and hoping to find some treasures.

We were digging at the 2nd Government line from the battle and the area where we know little though suspect there was an overnight camp.

We found bits of charcoal, bone and glass. A few musket shots were found with the metal detector.

This was a dig at Culloden Battlefield. nts.org.uk/stories/dig-breaks-

#archaeology #archaeologist #history #jacobites #scotland

RT @zeitonline
Die Krankenschwester Maria Stromberger ging nach #Auschwitz, um KZ-Häftlingen zu helfen, und rettete dabei Leben. In ihrer Heimat ist sie unbekannt und auch sie selbst spielte ihre Rolle herunter. Doch sie war eine Schlüsselfigur im Kampf gegen die Nazis. zeit.de/2021/45/ein-engel-in-d

Irgendwann haben dann wohl alle eingesehen, dass das Vorzeigen von Neugeborenen nicht so die größte Aussagekraft hat.
(Übrigens, "Zeugen" steht da oben absichtlich in der männlichen Form.)

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Diese sehr frühen Geburtsurkunden aus den ersten Jahren nach Einführung des Zivilrechts sind schon manchmal etwas lustig. In manchen Gegenden hat es nämlich nicht ausgereicht, die Geburt anzuzeigen, sondern das Baby musste vorgezeigt werden.
Da kommt dann also die Hebamme mit dem Baby und zwei Zeugen im Schlepptau aufs Amt. "Hier, das ist das Baby von so-und-so, heute früh geboren. Es hat einen Penis. Die Mama sagt, es soll Peter heißen. Nein, es ist nicht dasselbe wie gestern..." 😅

Finished! I'll scan it later and stick a digital copy on Ko-Fi in case anyone wants to buy it as a print-your-own print. ^.^

#MastoArt

Here's some inspiration for your bullet journal. Or maybe not. 😅

It's not only the outer appearance that makes this church record special, but also the way these baptism records are written in a weird mix of Latin and German.

Okay, just kidding: All of that is actually quite normal.

I was today years old when I learned that variolation, an early method of smallpox inoculation before it was superseded by #vaccination, was a practice in a number of Asian societies and became known to the West through Turkey. #history pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/173837

Hi everybody!
I am an expert on deciphering old German script - for example, letters, diaries, birth certificates - that were written between about 1650 and 1950. I'm planning to toot funny or weird findings from my work and from my private genealogical research, and also give general advice regarding German genealogy.

15th century astrology 

By the second millennium CE, even the barbarians beyond the Upper Sea had learned a bit of astral science. Check out this verse translation of a 15th century booklet on the seven planets and their influence (with historically accurate garish colouring of the woodblock prints!) billyandcharlie.com/planets/ma #astronomy #astrology #medieval #earlyModern

RT @Audrey_Burges
When my 4yo asks me for a cake, I go to the store

When my 4yo asks my mom for a cake, she hand-molds a friggin’ T-Rex skeleton, ages it with cocoa, embeds it in ganache and cake and hand-crushed Oreos, and just—LOOK AT THIS CAKE, PEOPLE

Medievalist

Medievalists and Medieval-adjacent. Sort-of.