Reading old handwriting

The Newberry has recently announced that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $526,000 for the creation of a set of online tools to allow users to teach themselves to read different early French handwritings from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. We’re very excited as this will be an invaluable tool for paleographers, scholars and perhaps a few genealogists as well.

Old styles of handwriting, whether in your native language or that of your ancestors, can present a number of problems. Here are some resources which you may find helpful:

If you’re still stumped, you may want to consider turning to a professional. Cyndi’s List has some resources for locating assistance.

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