List of Frequently Misread Letters

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Since it is often difficult to read the handwriting on old documents, mistakes are often made by indexers or transcribers. This list offers some possible substitutions for letters that may have been misread.

Frequently Misread Letters

  • A--H,C,O
  • a--o,u,ei,ie,n,w
  • B--R,P,S
  • b--li,le,t,h,l
  • C--G,E,O,Ce
  • c--e,i,o,u
  • D--G,S,I,J,T,Ir
  • d--u,a,n,ie,ei,ee,ct,o
  • E--C,G,Ee
  • e--i,c
  • ee--u,n,ll,a,o,ie,ei,w
  • F--T,S,G,Ti,L
  • f--s,j,g,q,t
  • G--S,Q,Z,Ci,L,Se,ls
  • g--y,z,q,f
  • H--N,W,He,Sl,St,A,F
  • h--K,li,lc,le
  • I--J,L,S,Q,F,T
  • i--e,c,l
  • ie--ei,u,ee,n,a,o,w,il
  • J--I,L,S,Q,F,T,P
  • j--y,g,f,q,z
  • Jno--Mr,Mo
  • K--H,R,B,tr,te
  • k--h,le,lr,te,R,B,H
  • L--S,T,F
  • l--e,i,t
  • ll--tt,ee,u,a,o,ie,ei
  • M--W,H,N,A,Al,Me
  • m--w,rr,ni,in,iv,ev,ai,ui,iu
  • N--H,W,V,St,Ne
  • n--u,a,o,ee,ie,ei,w,m
  • O--C,U,V,D
  • o--a,u,n,ee,ll,ie,ei,tt
  • P--R,B,I,J,S,L
  • p--ss,g,js,k,f,fs,fa,fi,fr
  • Q--Z,D,I,J,G,C
  • q--g,y,z,f,ej,ij,j
  • R--Pi,B,S,Pe,Pr,Re
  • r--e,s,i,ei,a
  • S--L,I,J,St,Se,F,G,R,T
  • s--r,i,e,c
  • sc--x
  • ss--fs,p,rr,w,m,n
  • T--F,S,L,D,Q
  • t--l,f,lr,i
  • te--k
  • tt--ll
  • U--V,A,O,N,H
  • u--ee,a,o,n,ie,ei,ll,w
  • V--N,W,Ir,Jr,B
  • v--u,n,b,rr,s,r,o,ee,ei,
  • W--M,N,U,H,St
  • w--m,rr,ur,nr,ui,ni,eu,en
  • X--H,Z,N,J
  • x--sc,c,r
  • Y--T,F,Z,Q
  • y--g,q,j,z,p,ej,ij,if
  • Z--G,Q,Y
  • z--g,q,y,j,p