Join our transcribe-a-thon at the Library of Virginia on March 11 from 2 to 4 PM. Participants will transcribe handwritten pages and historical documents by reading the text and typing it into digital form. This will be a hybrid in-person and Zoom event. In order to determine the number of participants in-person or via Zoom please fill out the google form located at https://forms.gle/cWFZfVd5HYZ4X4Q66 .
For this session, we will be indexing “Free Negro Registers” from the Virginia Untold project. Virginia Untold provides access to records of the lived experiences of enslaved and free Black and multiracial people in Virginia prior to 1867. The register books demonstrate Virginia’s efforts to control and regulate its growing free Black population from the late 18th century to the Civil War. The registers provide the names, ages, and physical descriptions of free Black and multiracial individuals who were required to register in their Virginia locality. Once indexed, images from the registers along with their indexes will be added to the Virginia Untold database.
Library of Virginia staff will provide historical context for the registers, a website demonstration, and transcription tips to help participants get started. Participants will work independently for the remaining time and are encouraged to ask questions. We will conclude with a reflection time.