Illegible word on Italian death certificate

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Illegible word on Italian death certificate

Postby jwazevedo » 13 Apr 2009, 23:58

This snippet is from the 1878 atto di morte for Donato Bordessa, from the Como records downloaded from Ancestry. To the right of his name is a third word, which I can't decipher. Because the slant of the handwriting is reversed, it's possible that it's a bleed-through from the back of the page - the whole record has more ghosting than usual - but the ink seems quite dark, so that's why I'm wondering if it's a notation of some sort. I don't think it's a middle name because the full record doesn't show one. Does anyone have any ideas?

The full record is posted here:
http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/4167/d ... th1878.jpg

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Re: Illegible word on Italian death certificate

Postby Lucap » 14 Apr 2009, 07:48

jwazevedo wrote:... Because the slant of the handwriting is reversed, it's possible that it's a bleed-through from the back of the page ...

:wink: You are right: for me it's an "ink stain" from the back of the page.

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Re: Illegible word on Italian death certificate

Postby jwazevedo » 14 Apr 2009, 15:20

Thank you, Luca. As Rorschach might have said once: Sometimes an ink blot is just an ink blot!

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Re: Illegible word on Italian death certificate

Postby aliza24 » 27 Apr 2009, 07:22

It could say 'maggiore', as in oldest. I have seen this on lots of records. Hard to say for sure though because it's so blurry.
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