Thursday, April 22, 2004

Deciphering Older Writing

Up-to-date version of this post maintained here:

Older English and Latin handwriting
Tutorial about Paleography:

English Documents in Latin:

BEGINNERS' LATIN Introduction to the problems you may find with Latin vocabulary and grammar in British documents from 1086-1733:

Deciphering Old Handwriting in Genealogy:

How to Read 18th Century British-American Writing:

Martha Ballard's Diary Online:
   Story of a midwife's life and career; examples of handwriting

Book Palaeography for Family and Local Historians by Hilary Marshall, pub.: Phillimore & Co., Ltd., 2004, Chichester, West Sussex England.

Book Latin for Local and Family Historians: A Beginner's Guide Denis Stuart, pub.: Phillimore & Co., Ltd., 1995, reprinted 2000.
Old German Script
Sample letters:

Old German handwritten scripts:

Samples of Old Script Alphabets:

Free! Handwriting Guide: German Gothic Resource Guide:
(or go to, click the 'View maps, forms, guides, and other research helps' link, and then 'G', and scroll down to Germany)

German 'Transcribe Group':


Professional translators:

Cyndislist - Handwriting & Script:

Book - If I Can You Can Decipher Germanic Records:

Book - Deciphering Gothic Records:

Links - Help with Old Handwriting:

It is almost impossible systematically to constitute a natural moral law. Nature has no principles. She furnishes us with no reason to believe that human life is to be respected. Nature, in her indifference, makes no distinction between good and evil. - Anatole France

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