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Welcome to BYU's Script Tutorial. This website offers guidance in the deciphering of documents written in handwriting styles or alphabets no longer in general use. The tutorials and materials gathered here are meant to help a variety of people – students, researchers, historians, genealogists, and indexers – learn more about old scripts and how to make use of that knowledge to analyze and interpret the past. The concentration is on western European scripts, particularly those in use between 1500 and 1800. There is general introductory material about the history of writing and the development of different scripts (or hands) as well as extensive, and interactive, language-specific materials.

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TUTORIALS

Practice your paleographic skills using language-specific, interactive exercises.

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ENGLISH DOCUMENTS GERMAN DOCUMENTS DUTCH DOCUMENTS FRENCH DOCUMENTS SPANISH DOCUMENTS PORTUGUESE DOCUMENTS ITALIAN DOCUMENTS LATIN DOCUMENTS

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Learn more about the history of writing, manuscript production, and transcription techniques.

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