Do you have a letter collection or ancestor journal that you'd like to transcribe, but the task seems overwhelming? I previously shared my friend Karen's experience with inheriting over sixty family letters from 1828 to 1921. She learned how to archive the letters and developed a great system for enlisting the help of other family members in transcribing them. Today, with her permission, I'm sharing the steps she took. How to Set up a Family Letter Transcription Project Preservation Karen and her sister first took the letters to the Special Collections Department at Brigham Young University. The staff instructed her on...
If you unexpectedly discovered a large collection of family letters spanning almost a century, what would you do with them? How would you preserve them? What would you learn from them? How would you share them with other family members? My friend Karen inherited over sixty family letters from an aunt who discovered in her garage. They needed immediate attention, so despite her busy life, Karen took on the project of figuring out what to do with these treasures. Karen first told me about the letters in the fall of 2016. We discussed possible ways to share the letters...
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