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Old Handwriting - the BANE of our existence
OK, so we've decided to go forward with doing our family history, and you've gotten back far beyond the typical use of a typewriter in the records mentioning your ancestor. HOW do you get in the mindset of the scribe to decipher the text in that old court or land record? Here are some suggestions:
Deciphering Old Handwriting - From a genealogy course taught by Sabina J. Murray http://www.amberskyline.com/treasuremaps/oldhand.html
Examples of Letters of the 17th Century Found in Parish Registers http://www.rootsweb.com/~genepool/oldalpha.htm
Paleography - Reading Early Writing http://www.jaydax.co.uk/genlinks/palaeography.html
German Script Tutorial http://www.mun.ca/rels/morav/script.html
Alphabets & Handwriting http://www.sa.dk/lak/brugearkivet/famhist/alphabet/default.htm
If you'd like to gift your library with a valuable book on the subject, turn again to Genealogical Publishing Company for:
Reading Early American Handwriting by Kip Sperry http://www.genealogical.com
Happy family tree climbing!