A Good Source For Special Characters – Genealogy*
Some of my ancestors were of Swedish extraction, and some of Jim’s were of German, so when it comes time to insert special characters for letters into my genealogy program or emails, I was quite at a loss as to how to type them in Windows OS.
You need to have a numerical keyboard to the right of your letter keys to make this work. The shortcuts don’t work with the numbers at the top of the board. You must press the NUM LOCK key for this function to activate.
I made a small cheat sheet for myself of basic letters like this:
ALT and type #
Ä 142 ä 132
Å 143 å 134
Ö 153 ö 148
Here are a few additional symbols. Try these:
© Code number 0169
¢ Code number 0162
¥ Code number 0165 (Japanese yen)
£ Code number 0163 (British pound)
€ Code number 0128 (Euro)
This is just a small taste of ways you can make your names and locations more in keeping with how they’re pronounced in other languages. I found an additional source for these Windows codes, as well as some for the Mac at Penn State’s “Computing With – Accents, Symbols and Foreign Scripts” web page.
*when I wrote this I was meaning one thing, but when I went back and re-read it, it was kind of funny in a family tree sort of way. So, I left it in for humor.