Ten Tips and Reasons to Transcribe Documents


  1. Cindy
    Cindy November 4, 2012 at 10:47 pm .

    Thank you Michelle for such an informative article and the tip about Transcript. I’m going to check it out!

  2. Jen Alford
    Jen Alford November 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm .

    Great tips michelle! I also use transcript and love the tips on numbering lines and adding the citation at the bottom and in meta data.

  3. Brian Mickelson
    Brian Mickelson December 25, 2012 at 11:50 pm .

    I couldn’t find the link the Transcript. I did love this article. I have an old religious missionary journal from my great-grandfather that ought to be transcribed. Wonderful post!

    1. Linda Branam
      Linda Branam December 28, 2012 at 2:10 pm .

      The URL for Transcript is http://www.jacobboerema.nl/en/Freeware.htm.

      1. Brian Mickelson
        Brian Mickelson January 2, 2013 at 2:30 pm .

        Thanks so much!

  4. MariannSRegan
    MariannSRegan February 28, 2013 at 8:20 pm .

    It’s great to have this bonus webpage as an assist to transcribing! Thank you, Michelle. I’ve copied it to my webpage page. Transcribing does take a lot of practice! In my opinion, transcribing is a kind of learned skill. As I teacher for 40 years, reading college students’ handwriting, I feel sometimes that I can make out almost anything in cursive. It’s really vexing! But checking out nearby words can help you figure out the strange ways that some people form their letters. I’ve known people who can’t even read their own handwriting after it’s “cold.” And that includes me!

  5. ZachRiah
    ZachRiah March 31, 2014 at 7:51 am .

    Really a informational post for transcriber.Agree with Mariann SRegan that Transcribing need a lot of practice. It will help transcribers to transcribe the document accurately and easily.


  6. Tapria
    Tapria June 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm .

    I’m currently transcribing my Grandmother’s journals and I can’t figure out how to format things when words are written above the line or in the margin. I include a bracketed note saying where it is but then how do I show how much is written there and when it goes back to the main text?

  7. Michelle Goodrum
    Michelle Goodrum June 19, 2014 at 3:40 pm .

    Tapria, Transcripts has two toggle buttons up on the toolbar. One for superscript and another for subscript. That’s what I use.

  8. Brian
    Brian October 14, 2014 at 5:02 pm .

    I use GenScriber ( http://genscriber.com )
    It has a spreadsheet style input, plus a richtext input similar to transcript.

    1. Michelle Goodrum
      Michelle Goodrum October 14, 2014 at 10:31 pm .

      Hi Brian,
      I took at brief look at GenScriber the other day. It looks interesting!

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