Reading and Transcribing American Colonial Handwriting Handout for 10 July 2021 Meeting with Janice Sellers. Description: Understanding the way letters were made and evolved between the 1600’s and the 1860’s can turn the illegible into the readable. This class identifies those logical changes and discusses generally accepted rules for transcribing original records into typescript. This product can only be purchased by members. To purchase this product, sign up by purchasing Annual Membership or Annual Family Membership.