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MAKING HISTORY GUIDANCE

Guidance

Reading old handwriting is a skill. Like any other skill, it gets easier the more you practice! We encourage even those who are unfamiliar with reading cursive handwriting to explore the information and resources below.

How To Transcribe

Reading Old Handwriting

Whether you're using the Library of Virginia's collections for research or transcribing archival documents on Making History: Transcribe, tune in for these tips on deciphering the past. Please join experienced editor John Deal and circulation and archival assistant (and expert transcriber!) Anna Moulis to learn about special characters, common abbreviations, and other challenges to reading old handwriting.

Look for more resources coming soon!