Community Transcription: July 2017

August 8th, 2017

July 2017 marked the seventy-fifth month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription, and over five years after launch we still receive requests for transcriber accounts! Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for last month:

Eighteen new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 2,940 as of July 31, 2017. The individuals who signed up in July mentioned an interest in the Battle of the Wabash/St. Clair’s defeat, the Georgia lowcountry, and Spanish Florida.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding a sorrel horse for the Wyandot chief, requests orders to lift goods from French schooner, immediate clothing for the recruiting service, kentledge to be transported to Philadelphia, description of quarto books for the Army, requests payment for Joseph Habersham, corrects cannonball dimensions for Secretary of the Treasury, and compensation for seizure of cattle.

Our community of transcribers have added 247 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 20,863. Overall, we have had 729,956 page views.

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Community Transcription: June 2017

July 5th, 2017

June 2017 marked the seventy-fourth month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription, and over five years after launch we still receive requests for transcriber accounts! Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for last month:

Five new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 2,922 as of June 30, 2017. The individuals who signed up in June mentioned an interest in the interactions between Native Americans and the federal government.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding bayonets to bayonet scabbard contractors for fitting, certificates due Mrs. Williams and John Jones, call for militia to defend the western territory, loss of faithful clerks, construction and insurrection, and strength of character, quality of pay.

Our community of transcribers have added 99 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 20,616. Overall, we have had 709,285 page views.

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Community Transcription: May 2017

June 5th, 2017

May 2017 marked the seventy-third month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription, and over five years after launch we still receive requests for transcriber accounts! Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for last month:

Twenty-one new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 2,917 as of May 31, 2017. These individuals who signed up in May mentioned an interest in people and topics such as Edward Boylston, Moses Hazen, Alien and Sedition Acts, and treaties with the Seneca Nation.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding explanation of departure from Washington as mourning for son’s death, death is still making havoc, two-thirds required to inflict the death penalty, circular letter requiring payment of balances, secretary of the state’s opinion regarding presidential power over officers’ commissions, supply of 24-pounder cannons, fortification expenditures for 1801, contract for iron ball and kentledge, claims of certain Canadian refugees, proclamation forbidding sale of lands west of Ohio River, and discussion of belligerent and neutral ships.

Our community of transcribers have added 158 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 20,517. Overall, we have had 704,415 page views.

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Community Transcription: April 2017

May 1st, 2017

April 2017 marked the seventy-second month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription, and over five years after launch we still receive requests for transcriber accounts! Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for last month:

Twenty-two new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 2,896 as of April 30, 2017. These individuals who signed up in April mentioned an interest in people and topics such as the history of the Cherokee Nation, John Jacob Ulrich Rivardi, Christopher Miller, the Whiskey Rebellion, Arthur St. Clair, and the Oneida nation.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding results from the negotiations with hostile Indians, companies ordered to join Virginia militia on the Ohio, information on Lieutenant Armstrong, no expeditions to Indian towns, Indian engagement and training, and comparing calvary systems. Transcribers also transcribed documents reflecting last month’s theme of the international affairs including: concerning the protection of Lafayette’s son and diplomatic relations with France, clothing and foreign relations, diplomatic relations with France, recommendations for informal war with France, speculation regarding the policies of the French directory, and rules of neutrality.

Our community of transcribers have added 147 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 20,359. Overall, we have had 700,076 page views.

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Community Transcription: March 2017

April 3rd, 2017

March 2017 marked the seventy-first month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription, and over five years after launch we still receive requests for transcriber accounts! Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for last month:

Twenty-four new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 2,874 as of March 31, 2017. These individuals who signed up in March mentioned an interest in people and topics such as the history of the Choctaw Nation, William Simmons, Kentucky Mounted Volunteers, Battle of Fallen Timbers, Joshua Humphreys,  Oconee War, and Georgia.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding procedures to charge stores, certification of payment, request for boring mill and bill of scantling, memorandum for Doctor Johnson, and estimate of money wanted for supplies for Georgia. Transcribers also transcribed documents reflecting last month’s theme of the military, including discussion of transportation of military stores from Rhode Island, general policy on southern frontier, concerning military stores and clothing, plans for providing and issuing military supplies, request for military regulations, account of Captain James Bruff, and shipment of paper and military stores.

Our community of transcribers have added 262 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 20,212. Overall, we have had 688, 521 page views.

For the month of April, we are encouraging our volunteers to transcribe documents relating to international affairs. The following documents mention this theme and are in need of transcription: response to inquires from John Adams regarding relations with France, activity with France, and intelligence report on relations between Spain and Britain.  Follow us on Twitter (@wardeptpapers) where we’ll be posting more documents in need of transcription throughout the month.

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Community Transcription: February 2017

March 1st, 2017

February 2017 marked the seventieth month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription, and over five years after launch we still receive requests for transcriber accounts! Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for last month:

Twenty new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 2,850 as of February 28, 2017. These individuals who signed up in February mentioned an interest in people and topics such as the Chickasaw nation, Chocktaw nation, Navy uniforms, and George Washington’s funeral.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding Caspar Iserloan’s woes, report on activity at Fort Harmar, and a list of proposed officer appointments. Transcribers also transcribed documents reflecting last month’s theme of borders and boundaries, including making permanent Indian boundary linesinstructions about Cherokee borders, a message to Indiansquestions regarding power to negotiate, instructions to the military commander in Tennessee, forwarding of extract from Jay’s Treaty, and a letter from Governor St. Clair on the county lieutenants.

Our community of transcribers have added 119 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 19,950. Overall, we have had 681,889 page views.

For the month of March, we are encouraging our volunteers to transcribe documents relating to the military. The following documents mention this theme and are in need of transcription:  shipment of paper and military stores, nation’s resistance to a large military, and a plan for providing and issuing military supplies. Follow us on Twitter (@wardeptpapers) where we’ll be posting more documents in need of transcription throughout the month.

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Community Transcription: January 2017

February 1st, 2017

January 2017 marked the sixty-ninth month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription, and over five years after launch we still receive requests for transcriber accounts! Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for last month:

Twenty new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 2,830 as of January 31, 2017. These individuals who signed up in January mentioned an interest in people and topics such as Fort Rensselaer, Fort Plain, Marinus Willett, Mohawk Indians, French Broad Rivers, and pilot boat schooners.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding discussion of the removal of the War Office, Israel Chapin’s speech to the Six Nations, transportation of military stores from Rhode Island, Knox invited to a ceremony for the president, relief for veterans, transportation of ammunition, and requesting a travel journal of western lands. Transcribers also transcribed documents reflecting last month’s theme of illness including illness update, delay for Captain Simkins, leave of absence due to illness, silence on sending accounts due to illness, personal letter on illness, illness of General Wayne, and caring for sick at Fort McHenry.

Our community of transcribers have added 157 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 19,831. Overall, we have had 672,379 page views.

For the month of February, we are encouraging our volunteers to transcribe documents relating to borders and boundaries. The following documents mention this theme and are in need of transcription: the Florida boundary mission of Isaac Guion, appointment of commissioners to survey US boundaries with Creeks, Chickasaws, and Cherokees, and enforcement of the Treaty of Madrid. Follow us on Twitter (@wardeptpapers) where we’ll be posting more documents in need of transcription throughout the month.

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Community Transcription – Sixty-Seven Months

December 5th, 2016

November marked the sixty-seventh month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription. We continue to receive regular requests for transcriber accounts. Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for the month:

Thirty-five new transcriber signed up last month, and as of November 30, the total number of transcribers was 2,790. These new transcribers come from a variety of backgrounds and include researchers, genealogists, historians, university students, and librarians.

The individuals who signed up to transcribe in November mentioned an interest in people and topics such as the Cherokee nation; the northwest territory; Buffalo, New York; and the military presence in Tennessee.

Transcribed documents include documents regarding a profound secretabstract of supplies to the Choctaw Indians, muster master for the Washington District, rules regarding payment of women, annuities and presents for Indians, report on a memorial to Congress, treaty between Spanish and Indians, and the election of Aaron Burr and Thomas Jefferson.

Our community of transcribers have added 177 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 19,621. Overall, we have had 664,280 page views.

For the month of December, we are encouraging our volunteers to transcribe documents relating to travel in Early America. The following documents mention this theme and are in need of transcription: Chickasaw and Choctaw Indians travel to Philadelphia, ice making travel by river difficult, McHenry’s request for a travel journal, and information regarding the transportation of ammunition. Follow us on Twitter (@wardeptpapers) where we’ll be posting more documents in need of transcription throughout the month.

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Community Transcription – Sixty-Six Months

November 1st, 2016

October marked the sixty-sixth month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription. We continue to receive regular requests for transcriber accounts. Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for the month:

Twenty-five new transcriber signed up last month, and as of October 31, the total number of transcribers was 2,755. These new transcribers come from a variety of backgrounds and include researchers, writers, university students, and genealogists.

The individuals who signed up to transcribe in October mentioned an interest in people and topics such as the Navy, St. Clair’s Defeat, the Quasi-War, and George Washington.

Transcribed documents include documents regarding William Knox conveying Congressional resolutions, provisions for the Senecas, information on US-British relations from John Jay, high demand for kentledge, prohibition on the exportation of arms and ammunition, blankets for the Marine Corps, politics and Indian relations, and Maryland’s ratification of the Constitution.

Our community of transcribers have added 158 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 19,444. Overall, we have had 597,479 page views.

For the month of November, we are encouraging our volunteers to transcribe documents relating to veterans and veteran affairs in Early America. The following documents mention this theme and are in need of transcription: request for money from a veteran of St. Clair expedition, preference towards veteran officers in selections for military appointment, military service of Sergeant Pollard, and the petition of a veteran of the Revolutionary War. Follow us on Twitter (@wardeptpapers) where we’ll be posting more documents in need of transcription throughout the month of November that discuss this theme.

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Community Transcription – Sixty-Five Months

October 4th, 2016

September marked the sixty-fifth month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription. We continue to receive regular requests for transcriber accounts. Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for the month:

Forty-six new transcribers signed up last month, and as of September 30, the total number of transcribers was 2,730. These new transcribers come from a variety of backgrounds and include university students, genealogists, archivists, historians, and writers.

The individuals who signed up to transcribe in September mentioned an interest in people and topics such as the Wyandot people, military chaplains, Fallen Timbers, Henry Knox, and the Simcoe family.

Transcribed documents include documents regarding the account of requisitions made for Lincoln’s Mill; request for pay despite records lost during St. Clair defeat; clothing, muskets, and powder; training, supplies, and pay; British military activity; paperwork arriving with next post; agreement to repair arms; and updates on troop movement. Special thanks to students of Dr. George Oberle’s History 300 class for transcribing a large number of documents this month.

Our community of transcribers have added 358 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 19,286. Overall, we have had 557,516 page views.

For the month of October, we are encouraging our volunteers to transcribe documents relating to politics in Early America. The following documents mention this theme and are in need of transcription: ‘artful Democrats’ and federal reactions, details of the post-presidential journey home, Hamilton’s plan for military supply, and disputes over the importance of the Army and Navy. Follow us on Twitter (@wardeptpapers) where we’ll be posting more documents in need of transcription throughout the month of October that discuss this theme.

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