noun, plural dictionaries.
A book giving information on particular subjects or on a particular class of words, names, or facts, usually arranged alphabetically.
Here at Parish Chest, we live up to this definition by having dictionaries that cover a wide range of topics that will add to your family history research.
Words and etymology are a fascinating subject and their study can certainly help you to understand how words have evolved down the centuries. Although local accents are not as prevalent as they once were, we can take you back to a time when they existed, with dictionaries of Provincial Words, Dialects and Proverbs. How did the mid-Victorian costermongers sound? Our dictionaries of slang include backslang and Cockney Rhyming slang to help you hear those voices of the past. With dictionaries that also cover nautical expressions, acronyms and abbreviations, the seafarers in your family tree are also covered.
Our ancestors did not just go to church on Sundays, Easter and Christmas. There was a wealth of other Saints Days and religious festivals that were observed. Have you ever wondered what a mantle maker did? With a dictionary of trades and old occupations, you will need to wonder no longer!
Throughout time, the names for many medical conditions have changed and you may find some on death certificates that you do not understand. A good medical dictionary of archaic terms will certainly assist in your knowledge and an intriguing dictionary also exists of cures and remedies of the day.
Have a look at the volumes below and pick the dictionaries that will help you to hear and understand your ancestors.