Transcription Tuesday


A huge THANK YOU to everyone involved in Transcription Tuesday!

We did it: we got the volume transcribed – amazing work everyone.

All this is going to make it easier to find out about the working lives and accidents of railway workers in the past, via one volume of records produced by the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants trade union between 1901-1905, and an additional series of records it produced in 1908. We’ll now be tidying up the outstanding queries and getting the data ready for release as a single spreadsheet.

Breaking news: all the records we’d made available are now transcribed! It looks like you’ve transcribed roughly 3,800 cases – amazing!


Non-fatal accident compensation records: – COMPLETED

Non-fatal accident compensation – handbook

Non-fatal accident compensation, pages 12-19: spreadsheet

Non-fatal accident compensation, pages 20-27: spreadsheet

Non-fatal accident compensation, pages 28-35: spreadsheet


Death grants records: – COMPLETED

Death grants – handbook

Death grants: spreadsheet


Disablement claims records: – COMPLETED

Disablement claims – handbook

Disablement claims: spreadsheet


Fatal accident compensation – handbook

Fatal accident compensation: spreadsheet – COMPLETED!


Although this was one day only, we’re looking into making more of this sort of data available for remote volunteers, so if you get into Transcription Tuesday and wanted to do a bit more after the 5th, please fill in the form below (with any additional comments in the ‘paragraph text’ field) and we’ll keep you posted on developments!


Happy transcribing, and thanks again for all your hard work!




You can download the original Transcription Tuesday handbook here – it will help you through all stages of the process and should answer all your questions.

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 relevant spreadsheet.

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

3) Once you’ve finished a page of the original volume, please indicate that it’s completed by colouring the cell containing the link to the document with a red fill (instructions on how to do that are in the handbook). If you’re happy to do another page, thank you: please simply close the image file (leaving the spreadsheet open), find the next available page, and start over again!


THE DATA: – please note, thanks to your amazing efforts this has now been transcribed: thank you!

We’ve broken the volume down into a series of 12 spreadsheets, each containing a block of 10 pages. If you want to help tidy the data and check for accuracy, we’ve asked people to indicate queries by filling the relevant cell on the spreadsheet in yellow – it will be possible to check these against the images of the relevant pages. This would be a great help if anyone fancied doing it – thanks in advance!

Pages 1-10

Pages 11-20

Pages 21-30

Pages 31-40

Pages 41-50

Pages 51-60

Pages 61-70

Pages 71-80

Pages 81-90

Pages 91-100

Pages 101-110

Pages 111-119




This page originally featured the information below:

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.

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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