Maine, Aroostook County Deed Books, 1865-1900
Deed books, 1865-1879, vol. 6 (p. 1-300)
Seven states has moved to keep the cursive requirement; California, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Utah.
From our perspective as genealogists, learning cursive isn't an optional activity. You learn to, at least, read cursive writing or your ability to do research, using documents such as the one above, is severely limited. This issue is not lost in the discussion, further quoting from the article:
I am not really in the camp of those who predict national disaster from the failure to preserve our cursive heritage, but a lack of cursive ability adds one more huge skill area to genealogy's already rather formidable list of needed skills. For every hand-wringing fear of apocalypse there are are always those who can cite examples of their 6 year old grandchild who can write in cursive while standing on her head and looking in a mirror. But the truth is that this is a growing issue. Attracting young people to the field of genealogy or family history or whatever is going to be an ongoing battle and we need to adjust to the reality that fewer and fewer of them are going to be able to read the documents relied on for ancestral information.
As a matter of fact, it isn't too much of a stretch to have genealogists in conferences and classes begin to teach handwriting and script recognition more regularly. Those of us who can read 15th and 16th Century documents ought to be out there teaching those skills to everyone, not just the youth. Do you think you have is all together in this area? Try this if you do: