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Paleography: Interpreting Handwriting in Genealogical Research

Early American Handwriting

Below are selected resources for reference as you learn to read and transcribe colonial-era handwriting.

The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.

Below are some websites that serve as good places to begin to learn about reading different early American scripts, handwritings, and abbreviations. These websites contain text samples and other source materials.