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Friday, February 13, 2009

Need help with old handwriting?

There doesn't seem to be an end to all of the wonderful online helps available somewhere in the vast world of the Internet. Brigham Young University has an active involvement in all aspects of family history and if you need help with old handwriting there is a very extensive and useful site to give relevant assistance. The site, called Script Tutorials, contains help suggestions, examples, lists of abbreviations and forms with digitized examples and many more resources. To quote the site:
This website offers guidance in the deciphering of manuscripts and other old documents that were printed in old typefaces or written in old handwriting styles. Languages covered here include English, German, Dutch, Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. The content of this website may be useful for genealogical, historical, and literary research.
Another helpful Website comes from the National Archives in Great Britain. It is called Palaeography and contains an interactive tutorial developed in partnership with the School of Library, Archive and Information Studies (SLAIS)External website - link opens in a new window, University College London. You can also learn Latin with their online tutorial for beginners. The interactive tutorial is structured from easiest to the most difficult.

In both sites there are valuable links to many other useful resources.

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