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Research Recommendations: The Thorn

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Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc
Director of Special Projects

One of the most abused of all letters (and former letters) in the English language is the Thorn. In Latin, the letter was written as Þ (capital) or þ (lowercase). In English, however, the thorn looks like the modern letter “y.” The thorn is no longer used in everyday English. The Thorn was pronounced the same way as the digraph “th” in modern English. In proper usage it is NEVER pronounced as the letter “y.”


One of the most common uses was “ye,” pronounced as “the.” One can often see signs around America that use the modifier “Ye Olde,” which the average person pronounces it as “yee.” As the Oxford English Dictionary states, it was never pronounced in such a fashion.

Now you know the proper pronunciation, and can use it to show off one of the many benefits of being a genealogical researcher to your less-enlightened friends.

Registration Opens for NGS 2011

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Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc
Director of Special Projects

Registration opened this week for the 2011 National Genealogical Society Family History Conference, which will be held May 11–14 in Charleston, South Carolina. The conference will be held at the North Charleston Convention Center, located near the Charleston International Airport. NEHGS will once again be participating in the conference. President and CEO D. Brenton Simons will be presenting, as will staff members Henry B. Hoff, David Allen Lambert, Michael J. Leclerc, and D. Joshua Taylor. We will also be in the exhibit hall with the latest books from the Society, website demonstrations, and answers to your genealogical questions.

For more information about the conference, visit

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