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. SEE MORE
Practice your paleographic
skills using language-specific, interactive exercises.
Learn more about the history of writing, manuscript production, and transcription techniques.
Welcome to the enhanced BYU Script Tutorial. This website offers guidance in the
deciphering of documents written in handwriting styles or alphabets no longer in general use.
It concentrates on alphabets used between 1500 and 1800 in western Europe.Currently it offers instruction in English, German, Dutch, Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese;Latin and eastern European languages will be added in the future.
About this Project for more information.
Work on the Script Tutorial will continue throughout 2016,
please "Pardon Our Dust" as we make these revisions.