Are you part of the movement to transcribe digitized records? Have you found your passion for this new art? Transcribing is an amazing development in the genealogy world, and there are volunteer opportunities all over the web. Transcribing is transforming the whole genealogy community.
Most transcription projects rely on a volunteer base. Because of projects like these, the number of people actively involved in family history work is growing. When the number of people interested grows, the wealth of information and connections made can only grow. This means the likelihood of getting “stuck” somewhere in your research should be diminishing.
It’s also exciting for you to be exposed to the information found in these resources. I love learning about individuals and families and imagining what their lives were like. And because of this interest, I find myself more excited to research my own family lines.
Generating New Resources
Not only are the numbers of people involved growing, but the resources available around the world are as well! Look at the 1940 Census, for example. Without a transcription project, the National Archives would release a monumental amount of information, and people would have to sift through mountains of information just to find what they are looking for. And if they didn’t know what they were looking for, as is often the case, they could forget about benefitting from this new resource anytime soon. But, as the census gets transcribed, people can perform quick and easy searches to find their ancestors, whether they know tons or little about them.
Get involved in a project you find interesting, or several for that matter. Participate in projects such as BillionGraves and the 1940 Census. Most people find themselves addicted to the transcription process, and that's a good thing!
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