Community Transcription: December 2017 and January 2018

February 5th, 2018

December 2017 and January 2018 marked the eightieth and eighty-first months, respectively, 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 the last two months:

Thirty-eight new transcribers signed up in December and January which brings the total number of transcribers up to 3,089 as of January 31, 2018. The individuals who signed up in the last two months mentioned an interest in forts along the Delaware River, scouts on the frontier, the settlement of Ohio, the first and second Canadian regiments, West Point, and the Chickamauga Tribe.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding clothing for John Schrider; clothing for troops in Carlisle, Pennsylvania; one pair of woolen overalls for each man; woolen overalls for the Marines; clothing for troops; files, pod augers, & ship saws, etc.; military bounty claim; delivery of shoes; and clothing for Gamble’s troops.

Our community of transcribers have added 234 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 22,390. Overall, we have had 792,858 page views.

Follow us on Twitter (@wardeptpapers) where we’ll be posting documents in need of transcription throughout the month.

Interested in contributing to the project? Individuals can register for a transcription account and become a transcription associate.