All family historians with Berkshire interests want to see more pre-1974 Berkshire records in readily accessible form, whether on CD or online with Findmypast.
Society volunteers have transcribed many of Berkshire's parish registers, monumental inscriptions and other records but there is more to do. Why not join in and help to make even more Berkshire records readily accessible to others?
The current requirement is for volunteers able to check index entries and transcriptions against the original records - something that is essential for quality outputs. This vital work can only be done at Reading - at Berkshire Record Office, where the original records of the pre-1974 county can be found and accessed - and requires a preparedness and the means to make regular visits to Reading to do it.
If you cannot get to Reading, volunteers are needed to read, transcribe or check monumental inscriptions in all parts of the pre-1974 county; some of this can be done in your own home, at your own pace.
With extra pairs of hands, more could be achieved - even faster.
Project work is valued, varied and rewarding. It's one way of giving something back to family history. Today's researchers benefit from the dedication of their predecessors - and digital page images alone are of little value without the indexes and transcriptions necessary to search them effectively.
Why not use your specialist skills and understanding in project work to benefit tomorrow's family historians?
What could you do?
Projects move through many stages and tasks before they are completed. Project and quality standards are vital to ensure that accurate data gets published. Berkshire Family History Society places great importance on independent checking against original records or monuments before any index or transcription series is considered for publication.
Can you use a laptop computer? And, after training, a simple transcribing tool? Could you help by making those independent checks against original records at Berkshire Record Office in Reading? Maybe your forte is fieldwork - recording, mapping or photographing monumental inscriptions, as an example. Perhaps data manipulation, design, or building a CD, are things you do well? Or you write, draw, or generate maps and plans... the long list of skills and abilities needed in effective project work offers opportunities for everyone.
page reviewed and revised 27 September 2014