Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Unknown Ions of Time #ncgenealogy #northcarolinapioneers

Unknown Ions of Time

rosetta stoneUnknown ions of time have passed since the generations of Adam and Eve and our memories fail us in so many ways. The modern age, from the 17th century forward,has collected written records of itself. That is not to say that there weren't written records of past eras. There was, and most of those discovered have been translated, thanks to the rosetta stone. If we can examine two codes, one written in a language that we understand, then more information can be gleaned from the oldest discovered records. As far as I know, the oldest egyptian tombs date back to ca 5000 B. C., with the date written upon the walls. As far as I am concerned, if one has a written date, that is an excellent starting point, rather than carbon (or any other) dating system. Actually, we are on a learning curve of translating the written records of the modern age. The reason is that Latin was the dominant language, and the characters are uniquely different. The script used in earlier times, during the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries is no longer taught in schools. However, we can translate these documents with the use of a chart of the colonial alphabet. Then, transpose a name into the old format. This beginning will assist our surname search through old records and eventually help to define the document itself. This method, then, becomes our "rosetta stone. "

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