One of the most frustrating aspects of genealogy is handwriting. In a perfect world, all the documents we come across would have been written in a neat legible hand. In reality, we are invariably going to come across a document where the handwriting looks like a snake fell in the ink pot and slithered drunkenly across the page. It\’s even more of a headache when they document you\’re looking at is not in your spoken language, or uses archaic terms and words not in existence anymore.
- The one everyone is talking about right now is the indexing on Family Search of the 1926 Census of the Prairie Provinces. We have another 5 years to wait until the next Canada wide 1931 Census, but this is still a great record set for those with ancestors in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. You can find the link to the project here.
- Library and Archives Canada has a great program called Co-Lab, where you can help index or transcribe documents. They also have photo collections that need descriptions and tagging. The main page of Co-Lab challenges is here.
- The Nova Scotia Archives had started last year a crowd sourcing program called Transcribe. There is nothing posted in the way of projects that I could see right now, but the link to their page is here.
- The BC Archives is also looking for transcription volunteers. ou can see what projects are going on right now here.
- Ancestry\’s World Archives Project always has projects on the go. Check out the main page here.
- Contact your local genealogy or historical society. I can guarantee that if you call and say you would like to volunteer your time indexing and transcribing records, they\’ll jump to say yes. Some records will require you to spend some time at the society, but you might also be able to do things at home as well. Preparing for this blog post, I came across many local museums and archives\’ websites across the country asking for volunteers.
- Automated Genealogy is a volunteer website transcribing census records. They\’ve branched out trying to index other record sets to link to the census records. You can see more details here.
- The New England Historic Genealogical Society has many volunteer indexing and transcribing opportunities. Don\’t be fooled by their name. They have many Canadian based items in their holdings. Their page on volunteering is here.