Volunteer Projects

Whenever time permits, I like volunteering for the genealogy community.

Book indexing for the Maritime Museum Library (new project)

I have a new project starting soon, indexing the books of the local Custom House Maritime Museum’s library, probably an hour or two per week. The collection is focused on books and periodicals on maritime history, New England ports, boats, military and other related topics. The goal is to provide a searchable index online, a printout of the index for each book, as well as a printed master index for the library. This should help encourage more researchers to visit the library, as well as assist the volunteers and researchers in the library.

Vintage Press of Cherokee County, Iowa (project ongoing)

The Cherokee Times was published from 1873 onwards, though the exact paper name changes over the years. I have many originals from 1879 to 1890. As a volunteer project, I am transcribing the newspaper articles that contain local happenings, many with personal names. I have never lived in Iowa but many of my ancestors did!

The transcripts should benefit anyone who is interested in life in the late 18th century midwest or has a personal/ancestral connection to Cherokee County, Iowa. The entire run of newspapers is also available on microfilm from the Cherokee Public Library.

My goal is to transcribe sections of the paper and turn the now-dilapidated papers into decoupaged items.

Visit Vintage Press of Cherokee County, Iowa at http://vintagepress.wordpress.com/

Timsbury Parish Registers (project complete)

Timsbury is a small parish in Hampshire, England. I’ve transcribed their church’s baptisms, marriages and deaths records for 1780-1837.

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