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Contextual Notes

Unlock Your History helps people along a marvelous journey: one that begins with a tantalizing, but frustrating family document and ends with a rich unveiling in your Journey Book. It may have been handwritten by a recent or long-departed ancestor. It's certainly in another language.

We call it genealogical translationbut it's so much more meaningful than that. Unlock Your History specializes in German & Scandinavian languages (German, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, even English from earlier centuries) to help families translate and understand the context of their enigmatic documents.

With the original placed beside the translation and rich information to give context about the original, plus suggested next steps, Unlock Your History takes genealogical translation to a new level.

Browse our site and blog to learn how genealogy and family history have enriched our lives.  Have any old papers you can't read? We'd love to help you unlock some of your history as well. Please reach out!


Unlock Your History is committed to providing you with a richly informative Journey Book. We help you understand more than simply the words on the page. Each packet includes "Extras" to give you the context of the document and suggestions on what you can do next.

Our language experts are more than just translators. They care deeply about the significance of each document and will help you understand details others might miss. Stefan, our lead, has a Ph.D. in Germanic linguistics, taught for years as German professor and has been a professional translator for over 18 years.

Translating historical documents entails many factors: language, legibility, use of abbreviations, technical terms and more.

Each document is unique. We review scans of your document for free and provide a custom quote. We would love to help you. Please reach out so we can help unlock your family history.

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