I love transcribing historical records and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Because I use digitized, searchable records almost daily in my research, I consider indulging this hobby as contributing and enhancing my business success. (At least that’s how I justify the obsession)
Currently, I’m working at the Smithsonian Digital Volunteers site and transcribing records of the Freedmen’s Bureau.
The Bureau of Refugees, Freemen, and Abandoned Lands, often referred to as the Freedmen’s Bureau, was established on March 3, 1865. The duties of the Freedmen’s Bureau included supervision of all affairs relating to refugees, freedmen, and the custody of abandoned lands and property. These documents come from the Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of North Carolina, Series 4: Letters Received.
However, I am not the speediest transcriber as I have a researcher’s penchant for looking up every minute detail and fact – I have learned so many interesting details about post-Civil War reconstruction in North Carolina that I feel I could write a book. (well, not really, but…) I also transcribe for the Missouri State Archives and Ancestry’s World Archives Project.
So if you happen to ask me what I’m working on, be prepared for my obsessive rant about some detailed account of what I’ve been transcribing lately. Because if I’m between ‘paying’ research projects, that is more than likely what I’ll talk about. It’s one of my quirky hobbies!
Call me at (314) 773-2881 or contact me to discuss your historical research, legal, writing, or genealogy needs.