As anyone knows who has ever opened a county record book, the handwriting of yesteryear does not necessarily look like the writing we use today. The samples that you will find below are taken from the actual death indices for St. Clair County. As I have tried to stress in several places, ALWAYS look for spelling variations. Some of the errors occured when clerks wrote what they heard, especially with foreign sounding names. Other errors can occur when people don't understand the letter characters that were written a hundred years ago. I hope to make this page a resource for those odd characters of writing. If you have a sample that you would like to share, or possibly need help in deciphering, feel free to email me.
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- the second "H" looks similar to a "W", but the last stroke swirls counterclockwise before leading into the next letter
- The cursive uppercase "L" at times looks like an uppercase "S".
the "r" appears more like a printed "r" but still leads into the "e"
- an ending "s"
- an ending double "t", the end of the second "t" loops up and crosses both "t's"
- "Arndt" - strokes up, down and slides up and to the right for the cross