Here is a great site that contains all of the the information you will need in learning to do your own research.
How do I read an old document?
This website offers guidance in the deciphering of manuscripts and other old documents that were printed in old typefaces or written in old handwriting styles. Languages covered here include English, German, Dutch, Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. The content of this website may be useful for genealogical, historical, and literary research.
The guides take you through several lessons, where you are shown in English what the translation is, then you are given a series of exams, to test you on what you have learned.
The tutorials are available in both ITALIAN and ENGLISH.