Can You Read This?

We have a lot of people who come to the library to do genealogical research, which often includes looking at old, hand-written documents. Those documents can be VERY tricky to interpret. While the handwriting of the past was often quite elaborate and verged on calligraphy, to read it today can mean lots of squinting, interpreting, and frustration.

The Nova Scotia Archives feels the same way. So, they’re enlisting the public’s help online to try to transcribe some of their documents. Drop by this link, take a look at the document presented, and type what you see into the box on the side. You can also chat with other transcribers while working.

To see if you have what it takes, you can look at this sample, and see the transcription.

(Letter from Joseph Howe to Lord Faulkland in 1841 from the Nova Scotia Archives).

Get transcribing!

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