Many of our publications are based on documents that we have transcribed over the years. We are close to completing work on parish registers and bishops’ transcripts. Our other current projects are:-
Overseers’ Accounts (mostly 18th century)
Non-conformist records (18th to 20th century)
Manor court records (17th to early 20th century)
Workhouse records (19th to 20th century)
If you have used any of our transcriptions – or transcriptions made by other family history societies – why not join us at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre in Chippenham (WSHC) to make your contribution? No experience? Don’t worry, you will gain it, and you will find other people there willing to help you as well. We meet on Wednesdays or Fridays, so if you have a few hours to spare on either day, why not join us?
Transcribing in the near future won't be like the picture above, I'm afraid! WSHC is now re-opening its doors after being closed since late March, and they are putting in place arrangements to protect both users and staff against infection with Covid-19: so no more close consultation about the meaning of our documents. See WSHC website wshc.eu for details for booking (essential for now), or see Latest News on this website.
A number of our transcribers trial tested the new arrangements - it was great to be back, but we will miss swapping information over coffee and lunch breaks and putting our heads together to work out what is written or what the text means! But, we are back in business again after five months away.