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  1. Odd words in genealogical records?

    For genealogists and family history researchers, an odd or old fashioned word can sometimes be found in historical records which at first glance does not always make sense.  A dictionary of old words is sometimes required!

    One of our researchers was looking at a will this week, and found a testator leaving “kyne” to his relatives.  In fact kyne, or kine, was the plural word for a cow, and was used in some places into the nineteenth century.

    Another specific term is “pyghtle”, or pightle, that can crop up in old documents.  Prevalent particularly in East Anglia, this is an Anglo Saxon word for a small plot of land.

    Who knows what you will find in your family history research . . .

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