Handwriting Resources
For more tips and resources on reading old handwriting, see the October 2001 issue of Family Tree Magazine

Web Sites
Name and Word Spellings
Description of handwriting mistakes and misspellings.

Examples of Old Handwriting
Shows letters found in 17th-century documents.

Medieval Paleography
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 old-english-l-request@rootsweb.com (mail mode) or old-english-d-request@rootsweb.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, then Fraktur.

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)

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