21 October 2012
One Document-Two "S"s
Reading handwriting is part art and part science. It also requires experience with record terminology and form.
The word "sale" and the word "said" both appear in this deed record from a volume of deeds from Bourbon County, Kentucky. Both words begin with the letter "s," but the letters are not made in the same way, even though they "s" is the initial letter in both words.
One always needs to think about context and to be aware that things are not always as consistent as one would like.