You've probably faced this dilemma a time or two yourself. You order an English microfilm or digital record that you are convinced contains the secret key to unlock your next brick wall, only to find that the words on the page look like they were written by a chicken who had dipped her talons in the ink well and did a little dance.
No need to cry that the sky is falling, because there is a website out there that can teach you how read and understand English script and it's called English Handwriting 1500 - 1700. It's a comprehensive online course that you can use from the comfort of your home. It's free, and doesn't even require registering to use.
Check out this article from the Terre Haute News for a great overview. And then head to the website. The Project Overview page will tell you everything you need to know about how to get started. Once you become proficient in reading English script, it will be you, not the chicken, doing a little dance!