Name and Word Spellings
Description of handwriting mistakes and misspellings.
Examples of Old Handwriting
Shows letters found in 17th-century documents.
Online course from England's Leicester University on the study of written documents from the Middle Ages.
Old English Mailing List
A mailing list for anyone who is
deciphering old English documents.
To subscribe send "subscribe" to
firstname.lastname@example.org (mail mode) or email@example.com (digest mode).
Old Handwriting Examples
References names and words in various scripts.
Reading Census Handwriting
Tips on Reading Old Handwriting
Martha Ballard's Diary
Online display of the late 18th- and early 19th-century diary featured in the book A Midwife's Tale; features tutorials on reading handwriting and examples.
Deciphering Old Handwriting
Examine examples and try your hand at
a few samples.
The Fraktur Tradition
Learn more about Fraktur and look at a few examples. Click on Collections,
History of Handwriting
Interesting overview of the history of handwriting from the Parker Pen Co.
Early English Handwriting
Try your hand at reading examples from 1547 to 1612.
Find out more about learning disabilities and handwriting.
Handwriting in America: A Cultural History by Tamara Plakins Thornton (Yale University Press, $16.95)
Handwriting of American Records
for 300 Years by E. Kay Kirkham,
(Everton Publishers, $11)
Handwriting of the 20th Century
by Rosemary Sassoon (Routledge, $27.99)
Pen, Ink, & Evidence: A Study of
Writing and Writing Materials for the Penman, Collector, and Document
Detective by Joe Nickell (Oak Knoll Press, $49.95)
Reading Early American Handwriting by Kip Sperry (Genealogical Publishing Co., $29.99)
"Read It Right" in Unpuzzling
Your Past by Emily Croom (Betterway Books, $14.99)
Understanding Colonial Handwriting by Harriet Stryker-Rodda (Genealogical Publishing Co., $4.50)