Examining the Old French Cursive Letters -Rr

Priests and government officials have written R’s and S’s in several different ways across France over the decades. We will examine the ones that you will see the most in your genealogical records:


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Here we have the “R” that looks like a “V” with a horizontal line through it. Notice the small capped ‘r’s look like a shoelace loop. The name is (de) Robert le Portier


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1.The name is Pierre Berrier. Double ‘r’ in each name. First letter looks like a v, but it’s an ‘r’, followed by a different written ‘r’. I underlined the lower case ‘r’ in green.



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The next one is about the same with letter formation. “marreine (godmother) Marie De lamare”


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2.Another double and more recognizable ‘r’ combination: The name is Pierre Tourreau


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Here are samples of uppercase R’s that were written three different ways from same document! The name is Jeanne Robert


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And this Capital “R” in Louise Roche. Looks like an uppercase e.


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And again another “R” in Guillaume Raugeard/Randgeard


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