Older documents can be a challenge...
...and it's not just
the unfamiliarity of the handwriting.
All documents were
written at a specific place and time, for a particular purpose and in the
context of the local law and practice.
It may be important to know why an inheritance was transferred by a will, a
testament dative, an indenture, a trust disposition and settlement or some other
form of deed.
Then there is the
language - not only the legalese, but your vital document may be in Latin, Scots
or another tongue.
The clue to
understanding and interpreting a document is knowing: