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From: Christina Humphreys <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] Signature Comparison
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 12:42:11 -0700

Patti's original question was about whether two signatures were made by
the same woman. Analysis of this type falls under the purview of
questioned document or forensic document examination. Graphology is the
analysis of character by studying a subject's handwriting. Although the
two fields are similar, questioned document examiners are the ones who
testify in court about authorship of documents or signatures. For Patti
and others doing scholarly genealogical research, works on questioned
document examination will probably be more useful than those on

The Wikipedia entry "Questioned Document Examination" lists some
references for further reading, including the book by Wilson R. Harrison
that Dr. Ronald Hill used in his September 2004 NGSQ article. The first
item in the Wikipedia list is Questioned Documents by Albert Sherman
Osborn. An earlier edition of this book is available in Google Books. It
makes for interesting reading.

Christina Humphreys, CG

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