Reading handwriting can be a challenge,
especially if you aren't aware of the changes in handwriting and style
over the years.
words were abbreviated by deleting letters or all but the first and
last letters of a word; even names were shortened.
Colonial America this deletion was common in letters and documents and
was usually indicated by a horizontal line written above or through the
Some handwriting problems may require some
old penmanship manuals in a library.
These are a few of the more common
abbreviations and symbols.
Originally found in Hancock Co., OH
Heritage, Spring 1996, furnished by Sarah Leisman of the Cambria Co.,