Find it on the Web
? Name and Word Spellings
<www.genealogy.com/00000015.html>: Description of handwriting mistakes and misspellings.
? Examples of Old Handwriting
<www.rootsweb.com/˜genepool/oldalpha.htm>: Shows letters found in 17th-century documents.
? Medieval Paleography
<orb. rhodes.edu/textbooks/pa I index. html>: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (mail mode) or old-english-d-request @rootsweb.com (digest mode).
? Old Handwriting Examples
<homepages.rootsweb.com/˜mahudson/ole-hw.htm>: References names and words in various scripts.
? Reading Census Handwriting
? Tips on Reading Old Handwriting
? Martha Ballard’s Diary
<www.dohistory.org/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
<www.amberskyline.com/treasuremaps/oldhand.html>: Examine examples and try your hand at a few samples.
? The Fraktur Tradition
<www.region.waterloo.on.ca/jsh2/>: Learn more about Fraktur and look at a few examples. Click on Collections, then Fraktur.
? History of Handwriting
<www.parkerpen.co.uk/history/>: Interesting overview of the history of handwriting from the Parker Pen Co.
? Early English Handwriting
<ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/dave_tylcoat/handwrit.htm>: Try your hand at reading examples from 1547 to 1612.
On the bookshelf
? Handwriting in America: A Cultural History by Tamara Plakins Thornton (Yale University Press)
? Handwriting of American Records for 300 Years by E. Kay Kirkham (Everton Publishers)
? Handwriting of the 20th Century by Rosemary Sassoon (Routledge)
? Pen, Ink, & Evidence: A Study of Writing and Writing Materials for the Penman, Collector, and Document Detective by Joe Nickell (Oak Knoll Press)
? Reading Early American Handwriting by Kip Sperry (Genealogical Publishing Co.)
? “Read It Right” in Unpuzzling Your Past by Emily Croom (Betterway Books)