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Transcription Tuesday INDEX

As researchers, there are many skills we need to employ in order to achieve success in our research projects. One of the foundational research skills to develop at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is Transcribing. All family history researchers, no matter what their level of expertise, should strive to acquire this core skill.

Our Transcription Tuesday Series shares guidelines and practical suggestions to help our readers to develop the necessary skills for making effective transcriptions.

You can follow the blog posts from this INDEX (BOOKMARK this page)
You can also follow by joining our Transcription Tuesday GenealogyWise Group.

TRANSCRIPTION TUESDAY INDEX
Transcription Tuesday – 7 September 2021
Transcription Definition – 14 September 2021
Census Names – 21 September 2021
Handwriting – 28 September 2021
Line Numbering – 05 October 2021
Finding George – 12 October 2021
Practice! – 19 October 2021
Definitions – 26 October 2021
Census Errors – 2 November 2021
Census Extract – 9 November 2021
Abstractions – 16 November 2021
Handwriting – 23 November 2021
Scottish Handwriting – 30 November 2021
Italian Handwriting – 07 December 2021
Town Clerk – 14 December 2021
Colonial Records – 21 December 2021
Happy Holidays – 28 December 2021
Dutch Handwriting – 04 January 2022
German Handwriting – 11 January 2022
Projects – 18 January 2022
More Projects – 25 January 2022
Context Matters – 01 February 2022
Religious Records – 08 February 2022
Indexing Project – 15 February 2022
Transcription Tuesday – 22 February 2022
RootsTech 2022 – 01 March 2022
Definitions – 08 March 2022
Resources – 15 March 2022
The Long S – 22 March 2022
Practice – 29 March 2022
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These three core courses demonstrate Transcription principles. They are offered monthly, beginning on the first Monday of every month:
Methodology-Part 2: Organizing and Skill-Building (Basic Level)
Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting & Extracting (Basic Level)
Palaeography: Reading & Understanding Historical Documents (Advanced)
Additional Courses which are useful for Transcriptions (Check Course Calendar):
Eastern European: Languages & Alphabets
German: Reading the Records 
Italian: Language and Location
Research: Danish Ancestors
Research: U.S. Colonial New England Ancestors

Scottish: Special Aspects of Scottish Research
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Transcription Tuesday – Practice

Our The National Institute for Genealogical Studies courses feature practical exercises and assignments for the principles being explored. Hands-on experience outweighs theory. The course concepts are more easily retained when we can apply what we have learned in actual practice. Transcriptions are important in this process.

Our Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting & Extracting course takes you through the basic methodologies, while our advanced level Palaeography: Reading & Understanding Historical Documents course explores a variety of topics relating to understanding historical documents.

One thing you will hear repeated often – Practice! Sound advice. In reality, we should transcribe every document we review to glean every little clue it contains. Doing this, we will become more familiar with the script and how similar letters are formed – with all of their variations. Learning the rules for that time period and region will avoid misinterpretations. Making notes as you go of any exceptions or unique uses will serve as reminders the next time you are researching in the same area.

One such resource to explore is the Study Guide Colonial American Handwriting. Try your hand at the Handwriting Game and the Name Game, and so much more.

Watch for more examples as you encounter various documents. Uses of abbreviations, or how certain letters are formed, can vary from person to person, just as it does today. Spelling is always a challenge and can vary, even within the same document. Note each one you discover.

Where can we practice more? Enquire at your local genealogy or historical society, as well as public libraries. They are always looking for new volunteers, and they will instruct you on specific transcription projects. Build your transcription skills wherever possible.

Lastly, begin at home. How many documents have you tucked away for safe keeping within your own research? Have they all be transcribed? Begin with documents you are familiar with. They will be easy to read, and you can be confident in the spelling of names and places. Become familiar with social events of that region and seek out more documents, transcribing all of them. You will be surprized at what is overlooked when documents are only skimmed for key information like names and dates alone, and writing out the entire text – word for word, exactly as it was originally recorded.

PLEASE NOTE: Transcription Tuesday will be taking a break. Watch for a new blog series beginning in April.
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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  
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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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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Check our Course Calendar here. List of packages available here. 
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Transcription Tuesday – The Long S

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies courses teach us to access and analyze historic documents as we research our family history. This can be challenging, if we cannot read the handwriting, or recognize the special letters used in the printed materials of that time period. 

Our Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting & Extracting course takes you through the basic methodologies, while our advanced level Palaeography: Reading & Understanding Historical Documents course explores a variety of topics relating to understanding historical documents.

One of the challenges is dealing with the use of archaic letters, both in handwritten documents and printed books and newspapers. One such letter is the Long S. If you are unfamiliar with how it was used, the following websites will guide you through some examples.

Long s (Wikipedia)
Pieces of History: The Long S (US National Archives Blog)

A good example is the italicized ‘long s’ used in the word “Congress” in the United States Bill of Rights.

Another useful reference is an older BabelStone blog post entitled: Long S Ruleswhich provides explanations of the use of the long s in several languages.

It is important to understand these unique characters, and how they were used, to accurately read and transcribe the texts. Be sure to study about any unusual letters or phrases you may encounter, as misinterpreting these will lead to an inaccurate conclusion about the text. Become familiar with each letter and how it was written in the various scripts, or displayed in the printed materials of the day. Then Transcribe it! 

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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: Resources 
Transcription Tuesday Index  
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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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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Check our Course Calendar here. List of packages available here. 
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*Note: Please be aware our social media accounts are monitored regularly, but NOT 24/7. If you have any questions, please contact the office directly. 

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Transcription Tuesday – Resources

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 homepagewhere 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.
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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  
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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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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Check our Course Calendar here. List of packages available here. 
Follow us on Social Media: BlogFacebookTwitter, Pinterest
*Note: Please be aware our social media accounts are monitored regularly, but NOT 24/7. If you have any questions, please contact the office directly. 

Contact information:
1 (800) 580-0165
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LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997 

Transcription Tuesday – Definitions

This week, a quick review. Many of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies’ 230+ online courses feature exercises and assignments involving transcriptions and/or extractions. You will find that it is a foundational skill, used by those researching their family history, but especially, by professional genealogists. 

Transcription Definition:
A transcription is a true word-for-word rendering of a document with the original punctuation and spelling (i.e., an exact copy of the original, line by line, sentence by sentence, word by word, and letter by letter). All notes and marks on any page are copied as faithfully as possible in the presented formatting. It includes all spellings, capitalizations and punctuations as it was written. No corrections are made to spelling or capitalization. It includes the whole record—front and back, with all its headings, insertions, endorsements, notations, etc.

Extraction Definition:
An Extract is when you pull out only parts of the information in an original document. The extracting process is normally used for listings, such as censuses, inventories, tax or voters’ lists, etc., where there could be information about one person or family amongst many others.

General Rules for Extracting

  • Include the full source citation for the original document with the extracted information.
  • Extractions are a transcription and therefore, a true and accurate reproduction of the written original.
  • Always include all and full headings (document or column headings).
  • Ensure you read through the whole document to understand it completely. Don’t miss important clues.
  • Be wary of extracting partial information. Watch for connected entries.
  • In an alphabetical list, check that you have covered all possible spelling variation. Check the end of the list for additions entries.
  • Many list-type documents have blank pre-printed forms available (ie census forms). Ensure all column headings agree with the original document. DO NOT forget to include any other pertinent materials.
  • Information may be found on multiple pages within the document; Look beyond just the one part of the list (ie census information for one household started on the previous page or continued on the next page). 

To dive deeper into Transcriptions and Extractions, register for our basic online course: Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting & Extracting No matter which type of genealogical research you will be doing, you will absolutely need to develop strong transcription skills; it is unavoidable. Practicing on every document will reenforce your proficiency. There are no shortcuts; Transcription skills are developed and not just understood. 

Reading old handwriting gets easier as you become more familiar with the structure of the letters within various scripts. The handwriting styles of enumerators, town clerks, and parish priests, will become more recognizable as you transcribe more of their entries in the records. Get to “know” them. Certain letters will always be written distinctly – make note of them as you transcribe. Making “Cheat Sheets” helps you to remember any unique characteristics the next time you need to search in the same records.

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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:
RootsTech 2022
Transcription Tuesday Index  
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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 
Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting & Extracting 
Palaeography: Reading & Understanding Historical Documents —————————————————- 
Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Check our Course Calendar here. List of packages available here. 
Follow us on Social Media: BlogFacebookTwitter, Pinterest
*Note: Please be aware our social media accounts are monitored regularly, but NOT 24/7. If you have any questions, please contact the office directly. 


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Transcription Tuesday – RootsTech 2022

Everyone is talking about RootsTech this week! At The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, we are taking part in RootsTech 2022 as well. Visit our virtual booth in the Expo Hall and check out several conference specials we are offering. (See blog post with Discounts Codes here.) 

RootsTech has scheduled more than 1,500 virtual Sessions on 185 topics in over 30 languages. You don’t want to miss it. You are able to search through the list of sessions using several filters, and then you can add your selected choices to your Play List. This allows attendees to watch the recordings at a later time, if they missed the presentation when it was live. You can also search the list of featured Speakers

One of the foundational research skills to develop is Transcribing. Searching for Transcribing and Transcriptions generates a variety of results to explore. Two of those session speakers have connections to The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Linda Debe is one of our certificate students and she has completed our Lecturing Skills Including Preparation course as one of her electives. Her Presentation: Abstracts, Extracts, and Transcriptions, OH MY! will take place on Thursday, March 3rd at 1 pm (Gmt-5).

Shannon Combs-Bennett, MSc, QG, PLCGS is a graduate of our certificate program, and she is the host of our DNA & Genetic Genealogy Virtual Meetings. Her Bio is available here, along with information about the 10 sessions she will be presenting at RootsTech 2022. One of those sessions is also about Transcriptions. Her Presentation: How to Transcribe the Past will take place on Thursday, March 3rd at 1 pm (Gmt-5).

As you may have noticed, BOTH of these sessions will be presented at the same time. This would create a dilemma, if you were attending RootsTech in person. However, both sessions can be added to your Playlist, and you will be able to watch at your leisure, with the added benefit of rewinding and re-watching.  

Building your transcription skills takes hand-on practice, but you must also take the time to learn from others. We hope you will take full advantage of the FREE sessions provided at RootsTech 2022. Perhaps you will find a new record set that you were not aware of, providing even more opportunities to practice your transcription skills. 

If there is a course of interest about transcriptions that we have highlighted, you may want to use the 50% off any ONE course discount – valid until Monday, March 7th. Use CODE: 2022c50 at the checkout.
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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  
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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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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Check our Course Calendar here. List of packages available here. 
Follow us on Social Media: BlogFacebookTwitter, Pinterest
*Note: Please be aware our social media accounts are monitored regularly, but NOT 24/7. If you have any questions, please contact the office directly. 

Contact information:
1 (800) 580-0165
Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
Website: www.GenealogicalStudies.com
Blog: blog.GenealogicalStudies.com

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997 

Transcription Tuesday

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers 230+ online courses, many of which include elements relating directly and indirectly to TranscribingProfessional genealogists as well as those interested in beginning to research their family history, know that making transcriptions of their documents and the historical records they discover, is one of the foundational research skills to develop. 

For this reason, we have created courses to equip our students with plenty of opportunities to practice and develop this vital ability. Exercises and assignments in every course, challenge our students, no matter what their level of expertise, to strive to acquire this core skill. The result is becoming more comfortable with abstracting and extracting information to be analyzed and evaluated as they work on their research projects. 

Our Transcription Tuesday blog posts highlight many of the aspects of transcriptions encountered in research projects, as well as the courses relating to each topic. The Transcription Tuesday Index  has been created for easy reference. 

Links to these blog posts can also be found on Pinterest on our Transcription Tuesday Board, along with the courses specifically created to deal with Transcriptions.

Have you joined GenealogyWise – our genealogy social network? The Institute has created groups for each of the certificate programs, as well as for other topics to support our students – from beginner to alumni. This is where you can connect with other students and researchers. Many have created groups for their specific research projects. Be sure to check out the Transcription Tuesday GenealogyWise Group. Start a Discussion Thread and ask a question.

Transcriptions are valuable tools! So useful to glean every clue from your discovered documents. Do you have historical documents that have not been transcribed? Consider pulling out one of them to be transcribed and analyzed this week. You will be amazed at what you missed by simply skimming for the obvious information, rather than transcribing every word. We are sure it will lead you to new discoveries! 
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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  
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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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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Check our Course Calendar here. List of packages available here.
Follow us on Social Media: BlogFacebookTwitter, Pinterest
*Note: Please be aware our social media accounts are monitored regularly, but NOT 24/7. If you have any questions, please contact the office directly.

Contact information:
1 (800) 580-0165
Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
Website: www.GenealogicalStudies.com
Blog: blog.GenealogicalStudies.com

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997 

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.

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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  
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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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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Check our Course Calendar here
Follow us on Social Media: BlogFacebookTwitter, Pinterest
*Note: Please be aware our social media accounts are monitored regularly, but NOT 24/7. If you have any questions, please contact the office directly.

Contact information:
1 (800) 580-0165
Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
Website: www.GenealogicalStudies.com
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LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997 

Transcription Tuesday – Religious Records

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies has courses which explore the religious records created for our ancestors. Their Religious beliefs influenced, not only their daily lives, but also the direction of their life journey. Many relocated their families to new areas with others of similar beliefs. Wherever they were, they have left records behind that tell that part of their stories.

Every country-specific certificate program includes research into this vital part of their family story. In addition to Birth, Marriage and Death records, we need to look for Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, along with other religious ceremonies, according to their beliefs and customs. Locating registers that include our family’s entries is very exciting, until we discover we are unable to decipher those entries. That’s when Transcription Skills are needed!

Here are many of our religious records courses:

American: Religious Records – Part 1
American: Religious Records – Part 2
Australian: Church Records 
Canadian: Religious Records 
Eastern European: Church Records
English: Parish Records 
English: Poor Law & Parish Chest Records 
English: Non-Anglican Church Records 
German: Church Records 
Irish: Conformist and Non-Conformist Church Records
Italian: Catholic Church Records – Part 1 
Italian: Catholic Church Records – Part 2 
Research: Jewish Records 
Scottish: Old Parish Records 
Scottish: Beyond the OPRs 

Our Palaeography course is highly recommended as it goes beyond looking at handwriting and straight transcriptions; it takes an in-depth look into a variety of historical documents, including older church records. Those may contain records written in Latin as well as the languages of their country of origin. The course material covers many of the feast days and festivals they would have attended in the church calendar, and reveals restrictions which explain why ceremonies occurred – or didn’t occur – on specific dates. These provide clues for future research.

Palaeography: Reading & Understanding Historical Documents 

All of these bring greater understanding of their lives. When you are transcribing documents, take note of the religious affiliations recorded on records such as census returns or civil registrations. These could be valuable clues for where to look for additional records in their communities. 

Religious Records are a valuable resource and should be included in every research project when discovered. Your transcription skills will be put to the test the farther back in time that you go. They will challenge you, but the results will be worth it!
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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
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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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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Check our Course Calendar here
Follow us on Social Media: BlogFacebookTwitter, Pinterest
*Note: Please be aware our social media accounts are monitored regularly, but NOT 24/7. If you have any questions, please contact the office directly.

Contact information:
1 (800) 580-0165
Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
Website: www.GenealogicalStudies.com
Blog: blog.GenealogicalStudies.com

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997 

Transcription Tuesday – Context Matters

Our National Institute for Genealogical Studies courses feature a variety of topics, many relating to our quest for sharpening our transcription skills. Transcribing historical records reaches beyond the documents themselves. Yes, we must learn to read the handwriting of that time period, however, we also must strive to understand the context in which they were created.

Our introductory course Discover Your Family History will guide you through the steps for how to start your family history, from gathering information from Home Sources to finding records in online databases such as FamilySearch and Ancestry.  

Once you discover these records, you will need to glean the information they contain. Our basic course Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting & Extracting  is for every family historian, no matter how long you have been researching. It examines foundational principles and provides exercises and assignments to understand various records you will encounter in your search.

The Life of Our Ancestors course challenges students to dig a little deeper to find the stories and details about their ancestors’ lives. This may include transcribing old letters, diaries and journals, and abstracting those elements to start fleshing out the bones of your genealogy and to make your family history come alive.

Our Research: Social History course examines the time period and customs practiced around your ancestors’ families, influencing their beliefs and decisions. Only by researching the specifics of their lives, their communities, the world around them, with all of the forces and influences that shaped their environment, can you begin to know who they were. There are many sources to study social history.

Organizing a One-Place Study is another excellent course, which takes a detailed look into a community or region. By documenting the lives of the residents and how they interacted together, including their relationships, and then examining them in light of historical events, we gain a clearer picture and perspective of the lives they lived. Historical documents may need to be consulted beyond regular genealogical sources.

It is highly recommended for every serious researcher to consider taking our Palaeography: Reading & Understanding Historical Documents course. This advanced course covers a number of topics encountered in older records. It not only takes a deeper look into the handwriting and script styles you will encounter; it explores many issues related to transcribing old documents. This includes calendars, weights and measures, currency, occupations, and so much more. Analysis of your transcribed documents will require understanding how to put that information into context. An extensive workbook is included with the course materials.

Lastly, check the lists of Country-Themed courses to learn about more courses related to your family history and the origins of your immigrant ancestors. Each country has unique aspects to be aware of, and records collections will be highlighted in their course materials. The added challenge will be transcribing documents in another language. Check the Transcription Tuesday Index for previous posts covering some of these records.

All of these courses are scheduled to begin this month. A list of online courses scheduled for registration can be found on our Course Calendar here.
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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
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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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