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Tips and Tricks for Reading Old Handwriting

February 15, 2024 @ 7:30 pm – February 22, 2024 @ 7:30 pm
$25 / $20 for OGS members
Tips and Tricks for Reading Old Handwriting @ TWO-PART ONLINE COURSE | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

7:30 pm to about 9:00 pm
February 15 and 22, 2024
$20 OGS members / $25 non-members

A two-part online course looking at how to solve the problems genealogists encounter when trying to read handwriting in old documents. The course will focus on handwriting in English from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The course leader will assign practice readings for the second class—yes, homework!

Once you are registered, you will have the opportunity to submit a hard-to-decipher document from your own research for expert help. Register and submit early to be considered.

The two sessions, including discussion, will be recorded and archived for a limited time for those who can’t participate in the live Zoom sessions. Space is limited. Register early to reserve your spot!


Diane C. Loosle is an Accredited Genealogist® and a Certified Genealogist®. She has a bachelor’s degree in history with an emphasis in family history and genealogy and an MBA. Recently, she retired from working for FamilySearch after almost 30 years, including being the director of the world-renowned FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City and the Senior Vice President over Global Help Services. She loves helping others learn and her passion for old handwriting came from her own family history experience of having to teach herself how to read old Chancery and Manorial Court records in England.