North Carolina Wants Help Deciphering Old, Hand-Written Documents
MANTEO — The State Archives of North Carolina is looking for help in transcribing hundreds of old records with handwriting that one expert described as “colonial chicken scratch.”
Volunteers can take a stab at deciphering what they say.
The documents are written in an outdated style with large swirls and long tails. The site offers a tutorial on how to decode the writings.
Many of the documents are court records from before the Revolutionary War. There are also slave trade documents as well as treaties with Native Americans.
“These records are unique pieces of evidence illustrating the ways in which history happened on the coast of North Carolina and Virginia,” Samantha Crisp, director of the Outer Banks History Center, told the newspaper.