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Early American colonial handwriting in English is similar to other English handwriting of the period. For more information see:
- England Language and Languages Wiki article
- Despain, Marci. English Lesson 1: English Secretary Hand Letters. (25 minute online video) FamilySearch Research Classes Online, 2010.
- Despain, Marci. English Lesson 2: Abbreviations, Dates, and Latin Words (25 minute online video) FamilySearch Research Classes Online, 2010.
- Kirkham, E. Kay. The Handwriting of American Records for a Period of 300 Years. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1973; Digitized by Family History Archives.
- Kirkham, E. Kay. How to read the handwriting and records of early America : the reading and interpretation of the handwriting, symbols, abbreviations, legal terminology, etc. as found in original records and on microfilm for researchers in American genealogy and history. Salt Lake City: Kay Publ., 1961; Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2008.
- Sperry, Kip. Reading Early American Handwriting. Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1998. [FHL Book 973 G3sp].
- Stryker-Rodda, Harriet Mott. Understanding Colonial Handwriting, rev. ed.. Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1986. [FHL Book 973 G3s 1986].
Some American records are written partially or mostly in the Latin language. For more information see:
- Latin Genealogical Word List Wiki article
- Merriman, Ruth. Latin Lesson: Key Words and Phrases in Latin Records. (25 minute online video) FamilySearch Research Classes Online, 2010.