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Transcription Tuesday – Indexing Project

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers 230+ online courses on a wide variety of topics, providing genealogical education for those interested in beginning to research their family history, as well as professional genealogists. 

One of the foundational research skills to develop is Transcribing. For this reason, we have created a compulsory course to equip all of our certificate students with this vital ability. However, all family history researchers, no matter what their level of expertise, should strive to acquire this core skill. 

An earlier blog post on Italian Handwriting was created on 2021-12-07. It was intended to complement our Italian Record courses, with preparation for our students to begin transcribing Italian documents. An excellent way to try out your new skills, is to actually work on original documents. 

One way to achieve this goal is to explore the FamilySearch: Indexing Projects webpage. An overview can be found here.

Search to Find a Project. Then choose the location.

If you were taking Italian courses such as our Italian: Civil Registration Records courses, this would be a project to consider.

Italian: Civil Registration Records-Part 1
Italian: Civil Registration Records-Part 2

Choose the link for “Italy (Italian Ancestors), Napoli, Pendino—Civil Registration, 1809–1865,” to reveal the indexing project details. 

Check to make sure the project is not almost completed. Then follow the instructions.

The FamilySearch: Italian Genealogical Word List is an excellent tool to assist you with your Italian transcriptions. Once you become familiar with the various terms used, transcribing will become much easier. This is a very practical way to become comfortable with a set of records. Handwriting will be consistent when written by the same civil clerk. Remember, Practice will strengthen your transcription Skills.

As researchers, we have found that there are many skills we need to employ in order to achieve success in our future research projects. Transcription Tuesday will share guidelines and practical suggestions to help our readers to develop the skills for making effective transcriptions, abstracts, and extractions.

Transcription Tuesday previous blog post
Transcription Tuesday Index  
These three core courses demonstrate Transcription principles. They are offered monthly, beginning on the first Monday of every month: Register today!
Methodology-Part 2: Organizing and Skill-Building (Basic Level)
Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting & Extracting (Basic Level)
Palaeography: Reading & Understanding Historical Documents (Advanced)
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