Transcription Tuesday 2019: Warwickshire Quarter Sessions Depositions

By Guest, 5 February 2019 - 12:00am

Discover how you can help build an online index to over 12,000 witness statements held by Warwickshire County Record Office

This is one of three projects that we are supporting as part of our third annual Transcription Tuesday event on Tuesday 5 February 2019. Click here to learn about the other two projects.

Project overview

Heritage & Culture Warwickshire is aiming to construct a searchable online index to the 12,000 depositions (witness statements) held in the collections of Warwickshire County Record Office (WCRO).

The project is one of several crowdsourcing initiatives set up by the Warwickshire Bytes team, which is offering 'virtual volunteering' opportunities for people who want to help make historic records more widely available, but can't visit WCRO in person.

How will it help? 

The depositions provide details of court cases held at the Warwickshire quarter sessions between 1829 and 1900, making them an excellent source for family, local and social history.

However, the collection is uncatalogued except for a single-line description in the WCRO finding aids, often omitting crucial details.

By extracting and indexing information from the depositions such as name, date and type of crime, the Warwickshire Bytes team can create a searchable online database for researchers to access all over the world.

How to take part 

Participants won't be required to undertake any indexing work until Transcription Tuesday itself, but we do recommend reading the below instructions in advance:

Step 1

Visit the Interested in volunteering? page on the Warwickshire Bytes website.

Step 2
Scroll down towards the bottom of the page, where you will find a link to sign up to the depositions indexing project. Fill in the form and click on the blue 'Submit' button.

Step 3
Shortly before Transcription Tuesday (5 February 2019), the Warwickshire Bytes team will email you a ZIP file containing a deposition (usually around four pages), along with instructions and an Excel spreadsheet.

When Transcription Tuesday arrives, you will then be required to extract important details from the deposition and enter it into the spreadsheet. This will generally include information such as name, date and details of the crime.

Step 4
When you have worked your way through the deposition and there is nothing left to index, email your completed spreadsheet back to the Warwickshire Bytes team.

Once you've finished indexing for the day, feel free to share your experiences and any interesting discoveries you have come across using the Twitter hashtag #TranscriptionTuesday, or email us at We'd love to hear from you!


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