World War One transcribing

Published by: Ann R on 16th Aug 2017 | View all blogs by Ann R

For those of you that have been in touch with me for a while you might remember (or not lol) that I do quite a bit of transcribing for genealogy websites.  At the moment I am doing a section of the alphabet births, marriages and deaths for 1978 (for England and Wales), also burials for a village in Dorset, starting in the 16th century and finishing in the mid 19th century, finally I am doing part of the 1841 census for Leicestershire.

As you can imagine this keeps me out of mischief and I have learnt so much over the past few years, for instance I came across an occupation a few weeks ago which looked as though it read Buhl Worker.  There is a forum where you can ask people, sure enough that is what it was and it turns out it is someone who produces marquetry (named after Andre-Charles Boulle).

However, I felt that I wanted a bit more of a change (I will still continue with the above) and noticed that The National Archives in Kew (in conjunction with the National Maritime Museum) were looking for volunteers to transcribe Royal Navy crew records from World War One.  I sent them an email and started it all today.

Getting used to the writing is the hardest part as some of it has been crammed into a small space.  I haven't heard of the majority of the ranks so I am on another learning curve.

Comments

13 Comments

  • Janet H
    by Janet H 3 months ago
    That sounds really interesting Ann, I can imagine the writing is a bit of a challenge.
  • Jackie H
    by Jackie H 3 months ago
    Ann, now you have gotten me inquisitive when you mention " burials for a village in Dorset..."
  • Ann R
    by Ann R 3 months ago
    Thanks, both - the writing is definitely a challenge, as is the 1841 census, at least with the other two that I do I am copying from typewritten work.
    Jackie - the village in Dorset that I am working on at the moment is Tarrant Monkton.
  • Mary B
    by Mary B 3 months ago
    Ann, that all sounds so interesting - what a wonderful thing to be doing and so much to learn.....fascinating. Will it all be available online at some point in the future? Is this part of a WW1 Naval History project? Sorry, so many questions.....! :)
  • Sandy H
    by Sandy H 3 months ago
    How interesting Ann, quite a challenge for you, but worth all the hard work I am sure.
  • Ann R
    by Ann R 3 months ago
    Thanks both. Mary - from what I gather the information will be online for the National Maritime Museum and, yes, it is part of a WW1 Naval History Project. They want to record where the men came from, their age, the ships they served on, their rank and when they were discharged.
    Yes, Sandy, it will be a challenge but I love anything like this. I have always been more interested in the past than the present lol.
  • Jackie H
    by Jackie H 3 months ago
    Ann not familiar with your village but I can see, via google map...it is near Blandford Forum..good luck with your genealogy project... now wondering why you chose that village, is it dear to your heart, re, family connections?..
  • Janet H
    by Janet H 3 months ago
    Apart from anything else Ann a huge thank you for you and all transcribers, without you the likes of myself and many others who are involved with family history research would be up the creek without the proverbial paddle. I have done a bit myself in the past, and it's not easy but really interesting.
  • Ann R
    by Ann R 3 months ago
    Jackie - I have to work through a co-ordinator, so for the census one I chose Leicestershire as I lived there for about 18 months and know a lot of the place names. Regarding Dorset the same thing, I work through a co-ordinator and, as I am from Bournemouth originally, I know Dorset fairly well so I picked that county. He chooses the places for me to transcribe within that county.
  • Ann R
    by Ann R 3 months ago
    Thanks Janet. I know that a few of my friends feel I am wasting my time but, as you said, there would be nothing if people didn't make this input. I should add that I don't spend all day on it :-), I do get out sometimes, it is very easy to get hooked on it.
  • Jackie H
    by Jackie H 3 months ago
    Ann, thank you for your explanation...It must be quite an eye opener when you find facts from history of a local place that you never knew when you was living in the region of it...It seems when learning of new facts, our world is our oyster...
  • LJ E
    by LJ E 3 months ago
    Very interesting and valuable work Ann. You might have noted my son's birth.....that was in 1978 at home in Billericay!!!
  • Ann R
    by Ann R 3 months ago
    LJ - yes, that would be strange if I had noted your son's birth. So far I haven't come across anyone that I have known, even in my own family.
    Jackie, very true and it shows that we can continue learning no matter what age we are :-)
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