I know that reading old documents can be very hard and time consuming, this post features a great resource that can help you read them. Hopefully my previous post “Learn How to Decipher Spanish Documents From the Twelve Through the Seventeenth Centuries” helped a bit. In case that it did not here is another great resource to help you out. It was shared by Eleanor Salas Barajas on our Mexican Genealogy Facebook Group. This resource is provided by FamilySearch and it is titled “Language Resources and Handwriting Helps”.
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The Language helps were not useful for me since they are focusing on the Philippines. What I did find very useful are the Handwriting helps. The Alphabet Secretary Hand is very useful and you are allowed to either download the image into your computer or print to have as an easy reference guide while researching on libraries or archives.
They also provide a Guide for reading old English and three lessons on reading handwritten Letters, Dates and Words, and finally handwritten documents. Don’t forget to check out the other resources listed there. They are resources that I will feature in future posts.
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