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Offline Green Fox

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Abbreviations on 18th Century Parish Registers
« on: Friday 18 January 19 11:15 GMT (UK) »
Just wondering if anyone can tell me what a y with a small c above signifies on parish baptism registers? I am encountering it next to the childrens names.

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Re: Abbreviations on 18th Century Parish Registers
« Reply #1 on: Friday 18 January 19 12:00 GMT (UK) »
Hello Green Fox, and welcome to RootsChat!

It's hard to be sure without seeing what you've seen, but it could be 'ye' which is just an old way of writing 'the'.

'John ye son of ..............'  or  'Ann ye daughter of ..............'  would be typical of baptism records at that time.

Hope this helps,
Carol

OXFORDSHIRE / BERKSHIRE
Bullock, Cooper, Boler/Bowler, Wright, Robinson, Lee, Prior, Trinder, Newman, Walklin, Louch

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Re: Abbreviations on 18th Century Parish Registers
« Reply #2 on: Friday 18 January 19 13:43 GMT (UK) »
Welcome to RootsChat
The Old English letter 'thorn' was used as shorthand for 'th' in 'the', 'that', etc. In the seventeenth century, the letter was written in a form barely if at all distinguishable from 'y'.
In documents Ye is the, yt is that, and ys is this.
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Re: Abbreviations on 18th Century Parish Registers
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 19 January 19 23:31 GMT (UK) »
Thnak you Carol and Stan, that was most helpful and it makes sense now.