Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine are pleased to announce that our popular Transcription Tuesday volunteer event will return on 2 February 2021.
The event, which has been running for five years, brings together family history volunteers around the world to transcribe important record sets and make them available to fellow researchers.
As in previous years, one of our four partner organisations will be FamilySearch.
FamilySearch is the world’s largest free family history website and holds millions of crucial volunteer-transcribed records, including large sets of UK parish registers.
FamilySearch experience manager Keith Penfold said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine on Transcription Tuesday 2021.
“Working with your wonderful volunteers has made such a great difference to people all over the world.
“For the last five years we have been able to work together to access more parish records than we could have imagined. I am sure that 2021 will be just as spectacular.”
Our second partner is Addressing Health, a research project transcribing Victorian and Edwardian Post Office employment records to discover more about ill health and mortality among the workforce.
Dr Douglas H Brown of Kingston University, one of the project leaders, said: “These Post Office records are full of information about the health of postal workers – how many days off sick they had, why they retired, and more – so transcribing them will give us a whole new perspective on the conditions that affected people day-to-day.”
There are more stories of hardship from the past with Voices Through Time: The Story of Care.
This project will involve transcribing records from London’s famous Coram Foundling Hospital, which was established in 1739 to care for the capital’s abandoned babies.
Programme manager Amy Cotterill said: “With your help transcribing, we will be able to reveal these children’s experiences and make the story of care accessible online to audiences around the world.”
Our final project, Every Name Counts, launched by the Arolsen Archives to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust this year, focuses on transcribing records of concentration camp inmates.
The Arolsen Archives hold the world’s most comprehensive archive on victims of Nazi persecution.
The aim of the Every Name Counts project is to ensure that every single name in their records can be easily found online, helping people around the world discover the fate of their relatives.
Anyone can take part in Transcription Tuesday from your own home – all you need is a computer or laptop with an Internet connection.
For more information about Transcription Tuesday and how you can get involved, keep an eye on our website.
Rosemary Collins is the staff writer of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine