Our courses at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offer a wide variety of topics, providing genealogical education for professional genealogists, as well as those who are interested in beginning to research their family history. All family history researchers, no matter what their level of expertise, strive to acquire the core skills necessary to accurately and honestly preserve their family’s heritage.
Developing foundational research skills becomes crucial, and honing our Transcribing skills should be included in every researcher’s educational to-do-list. For this reason, we have continued to encourage our students to learn to thoroughly read and transcribe every document they have collected for their research projects. Understanding various record types is imperative, but Practice is the key to becoming proficient in creating accurate transcriptions. Our courses are designed to equip our students with the transcription skills they will require.
In addition to our course material, we encourage students to glean resources from educational opportunities such as, webinars and conferences offered by many genealogical and historical organizations. We all benefit by learning from experienced researchers, when they share their expertise and useful tips gathered from hands-on experiences with us.
We previously shared information for the recent RootsTech 2022 virtual conference, which was held on March 3-5, 2022. We hope you were able to attend and visit our booth in the Virtual Expo Hall. Information about The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is accessible in the booth.
We are proud to once again recommend the RootsTech session presented by our student, Linda Debe entitled, Abstracts, Extracts, and Transcriptions, OH-MY! The recording is still available to watch, and the handout is available for download.
The Scottish Indexes Conference XVI was held this past Saturday, featuring sessions that were also specifically focused on transcribing old handwriting. The handout for all of the sessions, containing many useful links, is available on their homepage.
A very detailed handout is also available for the session, Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Will? – why Scottish wills and testaments are not that scary and how they can help you with your family history by Robert Urquhart on his homepage, where you can download the Abbotshall Guide to Scottish Wills and Testaments. This is a very useful 11-page pdf file that you will want to add to your Genealogy Transcription Tool Box.
Resources help us to build our research skills and bring a deeper understanding to what we are learning. Remember to practice transcribing – there is no shortcut to replace hands-on experience.
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.
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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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