Community Transcription – Sixty-One Months

June 1st, 2016

May marked the sixty-first 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:

Seventeen new transcribers signed up last month, and as of May 31, the total number of transcribers was 2,620. These new transcribers come from a variety of backgrounds and included genealogists, independent scholars, and museum professionals.

The individuals who signed up to transcribe in May mentioned an interest in people and topics such as the Whiskey Rebellion, frontier communities, Samuel Jackson, Lt. John Campbell, the Greenville Treaty Council, and the Northwest Territory.

Transcribed documents include documents regarding indebtedness to the United States, anchors for the frigate Constitution, furnishment of military stores, the incompleteness of the muster of spies, counterfeited certificates, the placement of spies, and Washington’s support of Mr. Ames’s good character.

Our community of transcribers have added 489 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 18,120. Overall, we have had 465,665 page views.

We interviewed transcriber Scribe of Poland as part of our fifth anniversary celebration of community transcription. 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.