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Transcribe documents by hand

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Transcribe documents by hand

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 10:05AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 13 Jan 2013 10:09AM GMT
Not really sure where to put this message. Does anyone transcribe their information by hand? I know most of us use genealogy software and I do as well. But, I've been reading articles about transcribing or extracting/abstracting information from the documents as well. My main concern is on census records. If you transcribe the information, do you copy the entire page or just your family's information onto the blank form? To me, transcribing it in my own handwriting (while looking at it enlarged on my monitor) is much easier to read later for further research. Then I have the "sometimes unreadable" document and my legible document, as well as the information in my software. The transcribed legible would come in handy if my software were to crash. (Yes, I also print out an updated copy of all of my family group sheets from the software, every so often.) I know transcribing can be very time consuming but that's really how genealogy has been for a long time (before computers).

SubjectAuthorDate Posted
kimjanderson 13 Jan 2013 5:05PM GMT 
rum2001 13 Jan 2013 5:39PM GMT 
scwbcm 13 Jan 2013 5:44PM GMT 
BurgessDonnel... 13 Jan 2013 6:31PM GMT 
kimjanderson 13 Jan 2013 7:39PM GMT 
scwbcm 13 Jan 2013 10:10PM GMT 
BurgessDonnel... 13 Jan 2013 10:50PM GMT 
scwbcm 13 Jan 2013 11:45PM GMT 
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