Is some crucial clue about your ancestors Greek to you because you don't understand the language? Don't let your family history get lost in translation—here's how to break through the language barrier.
What should you look for in a good translator? Most experts agree that truly effective translators virtually must be native speakers of the language. "There are many things that only native speakers know," says Chudziak-Kuchinka. "Their understanding is broader. They know the people, as well as the traditions, culture and customs of the land."
Advanced education abroad is always a plus. The translator should be fully bilingual in English, sensitive to genealogical issues and familiar with the writing styles of the past.