Posts tagged: Tips & Tricks

How to Create A Font of Your Own Handwriting

By , February 12, 2010

Writing a letter or typing an email just got personal again.

Reading a hand-typed letter from a loved one just does not have the personal touch of a handwritten letter. I have some beautifully-written love notes that my great-grandparents wrote to each other before they were married. Imagine if these notes were typed by a computer?

With this new technology, you can (almost) have the best of both worlds. FontCapture will turn your own handwriting into your personal font that you can use when writing letters, typing emails, or typing anything where you can change the font.

Pretty cool idea, isn’t it? And it’s really easy to do. Plus, it’s free. Just head over to and print their template. Then, with a good pen, transcribe the characters/letters in the template, scan it, and upload it. FontCapture turns your handwriting into a font that both Windows and Mac computers can use.

This works great if you’re printing the document, but if you plan on sending an email/document to someone electronically in your own handwriting, they will first have to install your font on their computer before they can see your handwriting. This too is easy to do. Just attach the fontname.ttf file (that FontCapture creates for you) to an email, and have your correspondent copy the file to their Windows\Fonts folder.

You can continue to type your letters and emails, but now you can do it with a personal touch – your own handwriting.

Preservation Tip of the Month – Storing Oversized Documents

By , December 12, 2009

The following announcement was taken from the D-OGS December 2009 Newsletter.

By Becky Schipper

Oversized documents such as abstracts, maps, and charts, should be interleaved with pH balanced, buffered tissue or paper made for long term storage. Documents should be placed in map cases or flat file boxes for storing. List the contents of each box or case on the outside so that the items inside are not handled more than is necessary. Rolling or folding oversized materials should be avoided as both of these treatments can cause damage that may not be reversible. Before moving oversized documents, place them on a sturdy sheet of card stock that is larger than the item you are moving.

(This article was “stolen” from the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Gems newsletter)

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