Punctuation marks in historical vital records

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Punctuation marks in historical vital records

Post by nancy711 » 25 Oct 2012, 17:14

I have received a copy of the original birth record of an ancestor from 1894. In several places within the body of the record there are 2 dash lines (look like = sign) written as part of the text. Does anyone know what those marks indicate. I know that 2 dash lines at the end of a line mean that the word is hyphenated, but can't figure out what they mean within the actual text. I think I remember someone saying that, because of space constraints on paper, they might be an indication of a new paragraph.

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Post by paola52 » 25 Oct 2012, 18:00

Can you post an image?
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Post by nuccia » 11 Mar 2013, 03:05

Yes, that's usually what it means. It is often the end of a paragraph.
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Re: Punctuation marks in historical vital records

Post by liviomoreno » 11 Mar 2013, 08:21

The = sign was also used as a full stop, some times after the full stop.

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