Transcribing Historic Handwriting

Transcribing Historic Handwriting: Additional Tips and Resources

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Common Historic Conventions, Spellings, and Abbreviations


Freedmen's Bureau Staff Rosters, Style Sheets, and Abbreviations


External Sites and Resources: 

- Genealogy Bank: Deciphering 19th Century Handwriting

- "Tips for Reading Old Handwriting"

- U.S. National Archives: Transcription Tips

- National History Museum, London: Paleography Guide

- Legacy Tree Genealogists: "Five Tips for Deciphering Old Handwriting"

- "Figure Out That Word!"