Handwriting Resources

Handwriting Resources

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

Web Sites
&#149 Name and Word Spellings
Description of handwriting mistakes and misspellings.

&#149 Examples of Old Handwriting
Shows letters found in 17th-century documents.

&#149 Medieval Paleography
Online course from England’s Leicester University on the study of written documents from the Middle Ages.

&#149 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).

&#149 Old Handwriting Examples
References names and words in various scripts.

&#149 Reading Census Handwriting

&#149 Tips on Reading Old Handwriting

&#149 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.

&#149 Deciphering Old Handwriting
Examine examples and try your hand at a few samples.

&#149 The Fraktur Tradition
Learn more about Fraktur and look at a few examples. Click on Collections, then Fraktur.

&#149 History of Handwriting
Interesting overview of the history of handwriting from the Parker Pen Co.

&#149 Early English Handwriting
Try your hand at reading examples from 1547 to 1612.

&#149 Dysgraphia
Find out more about learning disabilities and handwriting.

&#149 Handwriting in America: A Cultural History by Tamara Plakins Thornton (Yale University Press, $16.95)

&#149 Handwriting of American Records for 300 Years by E. Kay Kirkham, (Everton Publishers, $11)

&#149 Handwriting of the 20th Century by Rosemary Sassoon (Routledge, $27.99)

&#149 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)

&#149 Reading Early American Handwriting by Kip Sperry (Genealogical Publishing Co., $29.99)

&#149 “Read It Right” in Unpuzzling Your Past by Emily Croom (Betterway Books, $14.99)

&#149 Understanding Colonial Handwriting by Harriet Stryker-Rodda (Genealogical Publishing Co., $4.50)

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