Community Transcription – Fifty-Nine Months

April 5th, 2016

March seventeenth was the five year anniversary of community-sourced transcription, and March marked the fifty-ninth 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-one new transcribers signed up last month, and as of March 31, the total number of transcribers was 2,564. These new transcribers come from a variety of backgrounds and included genealogists, students, librarians, archivists, and members of the military,

The individuals who signed up to transcribe in March mentioned an interest in people and topics such as Indian affairs, medicine, Seneca leaders, the Indian Intercourse Act, provision of shoes and boots, and Virginia military history.

Transcribed documents include documents regarding whiskey for troops at Fort Franklin, orders for the suppression of the Whiskey Rebellionauthorization of militia use in Washington County, Pennsylvania, George Washington’s speech to the Five Nations delegation, and talks from Bird King to Indian Agent James Seagrove,

Our community of transcribers have added 563 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 17,507. Overall, we have had 406,951 page views.

We also interviewed Scribe of Poland as part of our fifth anniversary celebration. Check out her interview to get an idea of the kinds of documents transcribers come across while volunteering for the PWD.

As we continue to move forward with the project, individuals may still register for a transcription account.