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Registered users can also add notes to pages to comment on difficult words, suggest readings, or discuss the texts.
Type what you see - Keep it Simple
Your transcription will be used to improve access. Write down the words and paragraphs as you see them.
Our goal is to improve readability and searchability. Avoid cluttering the pages -- don't worry about formatting.
All transcribed pages will be automatically marked "Needs Review". You can leave your transcribed page for others to Review. To Review transcribed pages, click the "Pages That Need Review" button.
- Line Breaks: Press
returnonce after each written line ends in the original document. Two returns for a new paragraph. Do not recreate Indents at the beginning of a paragraph.
- Use original Capitalization and Punctuation
- Spelling: Use original spelling, if possible.
- You may correct a misspelled word by typing the correctly spelled word in brackets after the misspelling:
- Illegible text: Indicate illegible words in single square brackets:
- If you aren’t sure of a word but want to take a guess, type your guess with square brackets and a question mark:
- If you can't make out a word at all, type
[illegible]. If you spot
[illegible]in an already started transcription, feel free to correct it if you know what the word is.
- Mark pages with illegible text as
How to transcribe two page images
- Transcribe the left page and then the right page below that.
[Right Page]at the top of each transcribed section.
- Indicate illustrations in single square brackets, e.g.
- Use the term
illustrationfor published images. Use
pen sketchesfor items that are hand-drawn.
- Use the following vocabulary to indicate illustrations relative to where they are on the page:
[black and white illustration]or
[black and white illustrations]
[color pencil sketch]or
[color pencil sketches]
Pages with Columns of Data or Newspaper Clippings
These are low priority and do not require transcription. Include a bracketed tag that describes the content, e.g.
[Weather Data for 1843] or
[Newspaper Clipping, title of paper, date, etc.]
Tips and Tricks
- Zoom in on an image by clicking
Fullscreenat the top left of the document workspace, or clicking the
+symbol at the bottom of the image. Once you’ve zoomed in, you can click, hold your mouse, and drag the image to see details in the letter.
- Move between pages by clicking the left or right arrows at the top right of the document workspace.
If you encounter a blank page, which you occasionally may, check
Mark as blank.
- If your translation needs further review, you can check
- The progress bar next to each letter indicates its status. Depending on the number of pages, the bar may indicate a combination.
- White means a page has not been transcribed.
- Light green means a page has been transcribed, but not reviewed.
- Dark Green means a page has been transcribed and reviewed, and is ready to be added to our collection.