Tran­scrip­tion Tues­day

TUES­DAY 5 FE­BRU­ARY 2019 It’s back! We re­veal how you can get in­volved with our third an­nual Tran­scrip­tion Tues­day event and help make thou­sands of rare records ac­ces­si­ble to all

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - CONTENTS - For full project in­struc­tions, please visit whodoy­ou­thinky­­scrip­tiontues­day

Find out how you can team up with read­ers around the world to un­lock vi­tal in­for­ma­tion in his­tor­i­cal records

It is dif­fi­cult to over­state just how much fam­ily his­tory has changed over the past 20 years. While there is a cer­tain ro­mance to vis­it­ing your lo­cal li­brary and ri­fling through records on mi­cro­fiche, the in­ter­net has made the hobby much quicker and eas­ier for all. Through large-scale digi­ti­sa­tion projects and the rise of sub­scrip­tion web­sites, rare record sets once buried away are avail­able to any­one at the click of a but­ton.

But what many re­searchers don’t re­alise is that a great deal of records are only search­able thanks to the hard work of vol­un­teers. Al­though ma­chines can scan pages and read printed text (both to vary­ing de­grees of suc­cess), liv­ing, breath­ing hu­mans of­ten have to de­ci­pher the hand­writ­ten scrib­bles to make them truly ac­ces­si­ble – by tran­scrib­ing the en­tire doc­u­ment, or in­dex­ing the most per­ti­nent de­tails.

Here at Who Do You Think You Are? Mag­a­zine, we think it’s im­por­tant for fam­ily his­to­ri­ans to give some­thing back, which is why we are run­ning our third an­nual Tran­scrip­tion Tues­day event on Tues­day 5 Fe­bru­ary 2019.

Just as we did in 2017 and 2018, we are ask­ing our read­ers to de­vote any­thing from min­utes to sev­eral hours work­ing on the four on­line projects listed on the page op­po­site, help­ing to make thou­sands of records avail­able to fam­ily his­to­ri­ans across the world.

How To Get In­volved

Un­like pre­vi­ous years, you won’t need to com­plete a reg­is­tra­tion form on our web­site in or­der to par­tic­i­pate, and you won’t have to stick to a spe­cific project. In­stead, if any of the projects piques your in­ter­est, sim­ply visit the rel­e­vant web­site and fol­low the in­struc­tions for tak­ing part. If you change your mind, don’t worry – just try a dif­fer­ent one, or have a go at all of them!

We would love to hear about your progress dur­ing the day, along with any in­ter­est­ing stories you man­age to un­cover while tran­scrib­ing or in­dex­ing the records. On Twit­ter you can use the hash­tag #Tran­scrip­tionTues­day to share your thoughts, and you can also post com­ments on our Face­book group ( bit. ly/WDYTYAFBG) and fo­rum ( whodoyou thinky­­rum).

Once the day is over, we’ll be in con­tact with each of the four projects to find out how much work has been com­pleted across the 24 hours, with a view to pub­lish­ing the re­sults in our April 2019 is­sue. How­ever, we hope that some of you will be in­spired to carry on help­ing the projects long af­ter Tran­scrip­tion Tues­day has fin­ished.

‘A great deal of records are only on­line thanks to vol­un­teers’

Stay Up To Date

In the weeks lead­ing up to the big day, we rec­om­mend that you visit the Tran­scrip­tion Tues­day home­page (the ad­dress is listed at the foot of this page), which will have more de­tails about get­ting in­volved in each of the projects. We’ll also be pub­lish­ing up­dates via our weekly email news­let­ter, which you can sub­scribe to at whodoy­ou­thinky­ouare mag­a­­let­ter.

If you have any ques­tions, send us an email at wdytyaed­i­to­[email protected]­me­di­ate., and we’ll try to re­spond as soon as pos­si­ble. Good luck!

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