Handwriting Analysis

Examining Handwriting To Find Answers

Kathy Doing Handwriting AnalysisEvery single person in the world has a unique way of writing. When we were all kids in school, we learned various style of writing depending on where we were taught and who taught us. So, at first, we all wrote in a similar style to the kids within our age group in a certain location. As we grow and learn, we all develop individual characteristics that distinguish our handwriting from someone else’s. As a Forensic Document Examiner, I can can distinguish between different styles of writing through handwriting analysis.

Each person may share several individual writing characteristics. But it is so unlikely that any two people will share the exact same dozen or so characteristics that many professionals say it is impossible. With handwriting analysis, I am able to distinguish handwriting based on style characteristics and individual characteristics. As a professional handwriting analyst, I can examine various documents for signs of alteration, identify forgery, and compare handwriting samples to determine who wrote it.

For my handwriting analysis to be as accurate as possible, I will need a variety of samples from the same person to make a comparison. Everyone’s handwriting is unique but you may also notice that you rarely write exactly the same way. In just one document, a person’s writing and style will stay consistent but will contain slight variations.

In analyzing handwriting samples, I first look at the form of the letters and numbers and how they are written and styled. Next, I examine the line strokes of how dark or light they are. These strokes show how much pressure was put on the writing instrument. I’ll also study the formatting and spacing of letters, paragraph, and words in analyzing handwriting samples.

When I receive a variety of handwriting samples to compare, I can then start my process of analyzing the handwriting. Handwriting analysis cannot be done just by comparing a few notes. I go much more in depth with procedures in my lab and office. I’ll use my expertise to examine the handwriting samples and determine if they are forged, real, or altered in some way.

Examples of where to collect handwriting samples from include: 

  • Forms filled out by hand

  • Notes or lists

  • Journals or Diaries

  • Letters

Kathy Conducting a Handwriting AnalysisWhen I receive a variety of handwriting samples to compare, I can then start my process of analyzing the handwriting. Sometimes I may also request that individuals create new writing examples for me to examine. Handwriting analysis cannot be done just by comparing a few notes. I go much more in depth with procedures in my lab and office. I’ll use my expertise to examine the handwriting samples and determine if they are forged, real, or altered in some way.

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Kathy Carlson, Forensic Document Examiner

Forensic Document Examiner

P.O. Box 782
Montrose, CO 81402

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Colorado: 970-275-6846
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