Transcribing documents

Not too long ago we posted information on reading different types of old handwriting and scripts. But whether the handwriting is old or new, the ability to do accurate transcriptions is another essential skill for genealogists. (Note that transcriptions and abstracts are not the same thing - transcriptions are exact copies and must follow certain conventions.)

Think your transcription skills are rusty or are you a transcription pro? Try the sample exercises on the Board for Certification of Genealogists website. Be sure to read Skillbuilding: Transcribing Source Materials first.

Need more help? Try consulting:

  • Durie, Bruce. Understanding Documents For Genealogy & Local History. Stroud, Gloucestershire  History Press, 2013. Call no. Local History Ref CS415 .D87 2013
  • Mills, Elizabeth S., eds. Professional Genealogy: A Manual For Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, And Librarians. Baltimore  Genealogical Pub. Co., 2001. Call no. Local History Ref CS9 .P76 2001

Want to volunteer? Participate in the Newberry Civil War Letters Transcription Project. You can view these handwritten letters online and type a transcription. Volunteers are needed for doing both transcriptions and reviews.

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