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The Real Cost of Tracing Your Heritage

By Judith Sjo-Gaber - 2012-03-28T16:12:32Z

Photograph by Tom Merton/Getty Images

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More Americans come from German and Irish roots than from any other. Problem is, wars and fires destroyed many records, and language gets in the way of finding information. In the 1700s, for example, many Irish families changed their Gaelic surnames. McCawell and O'Gormley became the English Campbell and Grimes. A translator helps overcome such stumbling blocks and can also translate documents you may come across such as personal letters. Hire professionals such as ProGenealogist, and translation costs are included in the retainer. In Ireland, translation of 20 pages by the Irish Translators' & Interpreters' Association would cost you about $786.

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