Your elementary school teachers tried their best to teach you how to write legibly. At that age, however, none of us had any inkling that poor handwriting would ever be a concern to us. Boy, were we wrong!
I’ve just spent several hours poring over a number of old documents, trying to decipher the handwriting. The frustration, not to mention the eyestrain, was really getting to me. I found myself asking aloud, “Was that an f, a p, or an s in that name in that 1920 U.S. census record?” That was a quite recent document, too. This one, however, was one of those important pieces of evidence that was crucial in helping me demolish a brick wall. Any help would have been welcome, and so I began using some of my favorite methods to analyze handwriting. Let me share these with you.
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