W​elcome to BYU's Script Tutorial. This website offers guidance in the deciphering of documents written in handwriti​ng styles or alphabets no longer in general use. The tutorials and​ materials gathe​red here are meant to help a varie​ty of people – students, researchers, historians, genealogists, and indexers – learn more about old scripts and how to make use of that knowle​dge to analyze and int​erpret 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. ​



Practice your paleographic skills using language-specific, inter​active exercises.

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