Writing Riddles Toolkit
2/5/2010
Use these resources to help you decipher your ancestors' genealogical documents.
Web Sites
• American Society of Professional Graphologists
<www.aspghandwriting.org>
 
• Cyndi’s List: Handwriting
<cyndislist.com/handwrit.htm>
 
• Fraktur Chart
<www.library.yale.edu/cataloging/music/fraktur.htm>
 
• Guidelines for Reading Old Documents
<www.genealogy.com/68_sperry.html>
 
• Handwriting How-to
<www.genealogy.com/00000010.html>
 
• Old-Style Handwriting: The Thorny Old Ye
<www.smoot-family.us/oldhand/thorn.html>
 
• The Palmer Method in New York City Schools
<ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/2008/07/indexing-tips-palmer-method-in-new-york.html>
 
• The Penman Archives
<www.zanerian.com/penman.html>
 
• ScottishHandwriting.com Online Tutorials
<www.scottishhandwriting.com/tutorials.asp>

Books
Handwriting in America: A Cultural History by Tamara Plakins Thornton (Yale University Press)
 
Handwriting of the 20th Century by Rosemary Sassoon (Routledge)
 
Handwriting of American Records for a Period of 300 Years by E. Kay Kirkham, (Everton Publishers)
 
Reading Early American Handwriting by Kip Sperry (Genealogical Publishing Co.)
 
Reading Old Handwriting by Eve McLaughlin (Federation of Family History Societies)
 
The Record Interpreter: A Collection of Abbreviations, Latin Words and Names Used in Historical Manuscripts and Records by C. Trice Martin (out of print, but free through Google Books)
 
Understanding Colonial Handwriting by Harriet Stryker-Rodda (Genealogical Publishing Co.)
 
From the January 2009 Family Tree Magazine