There has never been a better time to undertake a local or family history research project.
Increased online accessibility to digitised records, many of which have been indexed through the genealogy giants FamilySearch, Ancestry, Find My Past and My Heritage and archives and libraries around the world.
The Summer period is a good time to delve into these records as we avail ourselves of holidays from employment, education and usual routines. But have you thought about giving back this Christmas? What can you do?
There are online projects available in transcription and indexing in particular but also tagging, content curation through list making and more.
Have a look at these suggestions for your down time this summer.
(You will have to register first with the site before you can make your contribution.)
Transcribe prison records of the Pubic Records Office Victoria
The Real Face of White Australia
Transcribing records that document the lives of ordinary people living under the restrictions of the White Australia Policy during the first half of the 20th century.
- Transcribing the collection from the State Library of New South Wales
Correct text, add tags and comments, categorise newspaper articles, create lists and more on this premier research site from the National Library for your Australian research
- Transcribe National Archives of Australia
Family Search Indexing.
A guided tour shows you step-by-step how to index with over 100 projects to choose from
Take photos and transcribe information found on headstones.
Crowd Sourcing Indexing
Pick a project. Perhaps the City of Adelaide 1840's assessment books
- Library of Congress (USA)
- National Archives (USA)
- Edwardian Postcard Project
- Tag out of copyright images from the British Library on Flickr (includes images from and about Australia)
- Smithsonian Digital Volunteer