Decipher Faded and Old Records

By Paula Stuart Warren Premium

Old records

Here are some easy genealogy tips for making your old, faded genealogy records (such as the 1860 census) easier to read:
1. Enlarge the record
2. Try reading it on other sites that contain the same record
3. Print it out and trace over the letters
4. Crowd-source it to see if others can help
5. Work with the old record in photo editing software to increase the contrast, darken it, sharpen it, etc.

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