Tuesday, March 10, 2020

UPDATE - Transcription Session Saturday, March 14 IS CANCELLED

Update - The Transcription Session for this Saturday is cancelled. We are practicing social distancing and an abundance of caution. We hope you will too.

If you are bored and want to transcribe at home anytime over the next few weeks, see the instructions below to get started transcribing remotely. 

Hope to see you all in April.

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Join us at CVRL this Saturday morning, March 14.
WCGS Transcription Session @ Room 202,Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave, Raleigh, NC 27605. 10:30am - 12:30pm. Details and Contact info.
Transcription events are scheduled for the second Saturday of each month through the end of 2020. These events are not educational workshops, but time set aside for us to work together on transcription projects to benefit either the WCGS journal, Wake Treasures, or your own research. You can bring your own photocopies or digital files of documents or records needing transcription. We will also provide photocopies and digital files of Wake County-related records needing transcription. These transcriptions will be used in future issues of Wake Treasures. 

Are you interested in volunteering to help with Wake transcriptions, but just can’t make the Saturday time slot? We can accommodate you! You don't even have to be in Wake County. Much of the material to be transcribed can be accessed, transcribed and uploaded remotely. You can transcribe at your leisure at home . Contact Donna Shackleeditor, or Jessica Conklin, content curator, if you would like to volunteer from home.


Dates for 2020 Transcription events ** The second Saturday of each month from 10:30-12:30 in Room 202, Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave, Raleigh, NC 27605** Location change!
Mark your calender - Apr. 11, May 9, Jun. 13, Jul. 11, Aug.8, Sep. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12

You may be interested in these useful transcription tools:

Whoa!! This latest Transcription tip will speed up the process and make you a Power Transcriber. We can all use this tip. Dictate your transcription into MS Word or other software. Watch this You Tube video from Connie Knox!

Handy, easy rules sheet from our Wakecogen Projects page.

Instructional video by our former editor, Diane Richard. To view "Accurate Transcription for Historical Records", click on the title and scroll down to the viewing window.  

FamilySearch has an extensive wiki on Transcribing Historical Documents here.

Guidelines for Reading Old Documents includes some of the standard text often seen in old wills, deeds, etc.

11 Tips for Reading Old Handwriting has suggestions for parsing out those letters that don't look quite like today's cursive or printed letters.

Various ways letters were written over time:

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