Community Transcription – Fifty-Seven Months

February 2nd, 2016

January was the fifty-seventh month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription, and we continue to receive regular requests for transcriber accounts. Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for the month:

Thirty-two new transcribers signed up last month, and as of January 31, the total number of transcribers was 2,485. These new transcribers come from a variety of backgrounds and included high school teachers, university professors, students, independent scholars, genealogists, and active and retired members of the military.

The individuals who signed up to transcribe in January mentioned an interest in topics and people such as the Indian Removal Act, James WilkinsonYazoo lands, Battle of Kings Mountain, Braddock’s Campaign, and Forts Nelson, Norfolk, and Cumberland.

Transcribed documents include an assessment of a dispute between Georgia and Creek Indians, Anthony Gamelin’s speeches to the Ouabache (Wabash) and Miami nationsuse of carriages for Washington’s funeral, and information on the funeral ceremony honoring Washington.

Our community of transcribers have added 359 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 16,740. Overall, we have had 310,408 page views.

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