Community Transcription: December 2016

January 10th, 2017

Happy New Year!

December 2016 marked the sixty-eighth month 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 last month:

Twenty new transcriber signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 2,810 as of December 31, 2016. These individuals who signed up in December mentioned an interest in people and topics such as John Sevier, land grants, and the battle of the Wabash.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding protection of frontiers, permission to travel to New York, letter to the accountant of the Navy, request for account information, sundry accounts, transport of goods and bookkeeping, Mr. Pierce’s absence, and quarters for recruits.

Our community of transcribers have added 53 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 19,674. Overall, we have had 666,856 page views.

For the month of January, we are encouraging our volunteers to transcribe documents relating to illness. The following documents mention this theme and are in need of transcription: silence on sending accounts due to illness, leave of absence due to illness, and the grave illness of Mrs. Clymer. Follow us on Twitter (@wardeptpapers) where we’ll be posting more 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.