Community Transcription – Sixty-Three Months

August 1st, 2016

July marked the sixty-third 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:

Nineteen new transcribers signed up last month, and as of July 31, the total number of transcribers was 2,665. These new transcribers come from a variety of backgrounds and included genealogists, university students, members of Native American tribes, researchers, and a paleography enthusiast.

The individuals who signed up to transcribe in July mentioned an interest in people, places, and topics such as Nathanael Greene; South West Point; the Kentucky militia; Mason County, KentuckyTreaty of Fort Harmar; Indians in Ohio; Amasa DavisChief Alexander McGillivray of the Creek Nation; and General Alexander Macomb.

Transcribed documents include documents regarding preparations for movement of the legion beyond Fort Jefferson, measures to deal with Creeks, delivery of powder and paper, delivery of cannon powder for fourth of July celebrations, General Knox’s account for wine, clothing needs, the removal of offices from Philadelphia for the summer, renting of houses for public officials, and the necessity of tents in Portland.

Our community of transcribers have added 161 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 18,739. Overall, we have had 515,373 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.