I have been experimenting with automatic handwriting recognition software called Transkribus. This has been used to transcribe letters and handwritten notes but for database creation, as far as I know.
The image above shows a training model for text recognition I am building for the port books of Bridgewater 1672-77.
Port books contain entries for millions of English and Welsh merchant voyages 1565-1790. The script has in the past been very hard to transcribe meaning most of the data contained in this source remains unstudied. Can Transkribus help to unlock the vast repository of information about trade, shipping and consumption in early modern Europe contained in this source and others?