This Generation Fails in Cursive Writing

It appears that cursiving writing is a lost art and that the school systems have failed in teaching cursive writing. Genealogists have been dealing with cursive on a regular research basis. Cursive is relatively easy to read during the 19th century; however, when the researcher gets back to the 17th century and before, a script which was used for centuries and understood by the population, was used. Latin is also prevalent. The genealogist uses a chart to help understand the characters. One solution is to write the surname in the colonial script and starting searching the indexes. Today, there seems to be a goodly amount of photo copies on the internet, asking the audience to help interpret the 19th century writing. Although we all need help, lest we forget our history? Can we no longer read anything except recent cursive? There is one thing for certain, unless we learn the colonial script (and some latin phrases also) we will not trace very far back in time. A good many books have been written abstracting old records. Such books are an excellent guide-line to our acquiring the actual document and reading it for ourselves. The clerk was no angel. He sat in his office copying from the original will, estate, deed, marriage, etc., misspellings, errors and all. It is rather common to note that the surname in the first line of a last will and testament is spelled one way, and the signature differently. What is the correct spelling? Thus, it behooves the genealogist to read all of the documents with the same surname, and make comparisons. Another issue with the clerk is the fact that he sometimes omitted the names of an heir which was usually a skipped sentence. This is why we need to read every smidget of the old records. The only way to avoid further error, is to locate the actual documents, read them, and double-check the references given by others. It only takes one error to veer off the mark and get into the wrong generation! Use this chart