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Sarah’s TpTip

Prepare in advance for Transcription Tuesday to make the most of our brilliant online event

Although we will be concentrating our efforts on Tuesday 2 February, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t sign up for projects now and try them in advance (see page 26). And of course, you can continue supporting the four projects after the event. Many Transcription Tuesday volunteers have become long-term transcribers for projects we have featured over the years!

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One of the great perks of my job is that I get to have a subscription with all of the main genealogy websites, and I think that even if I didn’t have this job, I would subscribe to more than one. However, multiple subscriptions is a luxury that not everyone can afford, so we have put together an article explaining how you can still benefit from the major subscription websites without parting with your hard-earned money (page 16). Don’t forget too that you can often access subscription sites for free at libraries and archives (some are even allowing remote access during lockdown).

The reason why many of these records are free is because they were transcribed by volunteers, so if you have ever benefited from a free index, now is the time for you to give back to family history and take part in our next Transcription Tuesday on 2 February. We’ve got a basic guide to the four projects on page 26, but we will be revealing further information about them online and in our free email newsletter (find out how to sign up on page 45). Please share your stories with us via social media using #TranscriptionTuesday, and let’s see if we can make this year’s event the biggest yet.

Finally, if you don’t subscribe to our magazine yet, then now’s the time. Turn to page 24 for a fantastic offer. You won’t regret it!

Sarah Williams Editor


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Jon Bauckham Jon worked on Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine for many years before moving on to BBC History. Now a freelance writer, he shares his tips on free records on page 16.

Michelle Higgs Medical Office of Health reports featured in David Walliams’ episode of WDYTYA? so we are delighted to have Michelle explain how you can find and use them on page 52.

Gill Rossini Gill has been teaching family and social history since 1988, and is currently writing a guide to researching adoptions for family historians. You can read her advice on page 61.


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