- Getting a step further
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After the initial Internet search for your ancestors, you might want to go a bit further with your genealogy and family history research. In that case you will soon need to work with original documents; from old personal letters and diaries/journals to vital records, emigration lists, wills, and other official records. At first this old handwriting seems illegible and very difficult to read for the untrained eye, but you will also discover that with a bit of practice it soon becomes more easy to read.
The following will provide you with some general information about old handwriting and a guide on how to get started transcribing and reading old documents along with a few examples.