Transcription Tuesday

We’re delighted to be working with Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine as part of this year’s ‘Transcription Tuesday’ event.

More importantly, we’re looking forward to working with you on this! This is your chance to get involved in our project and to help researchers world-wide find out more about railway work in the early 20th century.

We’re transcribing a volume of accident records from the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants trade union, dating from 1901-1905 and held by one of our project partners, the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick.

p.1 of the ASRS volume.
Courtesy MRC.

We’ve scanned the volume; we’re asking you to extract the information from the images and enter it into an online spreadsheet. Full details are found in the handbook – please download it here and check it carefully as it’s full of important and useful information.

The basic process is very simple:

1) You’ll be able to download the images of the original volume via the links found in the first column of the spreadsheet.

2) Once you’ve downloaded the images, please work through the cases detailed on each page, adding details into the spreadsheet.

3) Once you’ve finished a page, if you’re happy to do another, please simply close the image file (leaving the spreadsheet open), find the next available page, and start over again!

You’ll be able to access the spreadsheet here on the day; for now we’ve set up a demonstration spreadsheet for you to see how it looks and works, available here.

We think each case should take a few minutes to transcribe; there are around 18 cases per page, and 119 pages in total, so around 2150 cases altogether. It’s a big effort, but we really hope we can finish the volume on Transcription Tuesday – it’ll be a great boost to our project and really help make more information available to all the researchers using our resources!

Thanks in advance for all your help with this – we can’t wait to get this data transcribed and available!

Do have a look at everything else our project offers, too – from the existing database (here) covering around 4,500 British and Irish railway workers, to the weekly blog (here) and more besides, we hope it’s of use and interest to you.

Mike, Helen and Karen

‘Railway Work, Life & Death’ project leads

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