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Family Letters
Letters of our ancestors are valued possessions in spite of the fact that the handwriting can be hard to read, spelling can be strange, the words can be unfamiliar, and there is usually a lack of punctuation.  If old letters have survived, they can sometimes provide data on family relationships, the maiden names of wives, places of residence at a particular time, and other helpful things.  The date a letter/e-mail was written might supply a point of reference for an event that is not recorded elsewhere.  Family letter/e-mails can beautifully evoke the times in which they were written.  Descriptions of places and events may be presented vividly because of the writer's interest in and enthusiasm for a subject.  Clues to the personality of an ancestor may be revealed in their letter/e-mails.