Writing Your Family History – in Shorthand?
Write your family history-in shorthand?
On the way to a business meeting, note-taking crossed my mind. It occurred to me to wonder about our relatives who were secretaries and did their note-taking in shorthand.
For those of you who had a stenographer (a person who specializes in taking dictation in shorthand) in the family, are there shorthand family history stories that need to be told and recorded?
Did your mom write her shopping list in shorthand?
Did she make secret Christmas lists in shorthand to keep them a secret?
Or worse, did she write your family history in shorthand and now you need to get it translated to be able to read it? (This brings to mind the current discussions of not teaching cursive hand-writing in schools. Those of us who write our stories in cursive hand-writing may be challenging our descendants to have them translated.)
This would make a perfect vignette or short story in your family history.
Is this a current skill or going the way of the dodo?
Please share your family’s shorthand stories.