Thursday, October 31, 2013

Handwriting, #3: Tutorials, Helps and Tips

Genealogy tip for today: Handwriting, #3Tutorials, Helps and Tips


We have been talking about handwriting the last couple of days. I have discovered there is an overwhelming amount of information on the Internet of sites that are available for help.


Some sites are designed to help you with script of foreign languages (other than English) some are designed to help you with English during different time periods. We had said we would look at scripts from 100 to 500 years ago. But I think instead of rehashing what has already been said in other places I will give you several links for you to check out.


If this is something that you are seriously interested in, these websites will not only give you good information but easy tutorials, and exercises that you can practice to improve your reading skills of older scripts or foreign languages.


One thing that was abundantly clear as I looked over other websites was that you need to practice, practice, practice. The more you do, the better you will get at reading older documents.  That sounds like a lot of things in life, doesn’t it?!!


Here are some of websites I found: 

The two links above came from this page, which has even more information.

Here’s another one  – an online tutorial. This looks like a good one and covers the time period I mentioned in the opening paragraphs.’s page on handwriting has several articles that are good to read.    

 As you explore this topic you will see there is a lot of information on the Internet regarding handwriting and how to read it.




Here are some tips that I have gathered from around the web that are good points to remember:

-Buy and use a good magnifying glass.

-Don’t guess – read carefully, interpret only what you see, not what you think.

-Use letters/words from one part of a document to help interpret a difficult part.

-Look for dates. Familiarity with dates can help with figuring out handwriting or letters.

-Create an alphabet chart as you figure out letters.

-Find and watch online tutorials on old handwriting.

-For vowels, substitute other vowels till the word makes sense. See if you can decipher whether a letter is a vowel or consonance.

-Figure out lower case letters first.

-Sometimes letters are open (like “o”) even when they are not supposed to be.


Here are some more tips. Reading other people’s handwriting is or can be a real challenge. But with helps and some “tricks” and a lot of practice, you will be able to read old documents and even solve some riddles of writing, heretofore unsolvable.


If any of these posts are helpful drop us a line in the comments section below. We just want to know if the information we provide to you is helpful in anyway.



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