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Research Using Transcriptions

 

1 : Do not be afraid to use transcripts for your research, they may save time and may even be the only surviving source of the record.

2 : Always check any data gleaned from a transcript against the original source, if this is still possible.

3 : When using transcribed material always mark it as such in your notes.

4 : Remember Census Enumerator's Books are transcripts, as are Bishops Transcripts, General Record Office certificates and early (pre 1598) Parish Registers, even though they may seem to be original documents.

5 : Be aware that spelling mistakes may have been made, this is especially important if the first letter of a surname has been been misread.

6 : Check to see if transcripts exist before going to the archives or library and if so take copies to check against the original document.

7 : It is easier , quicker and more accurate to check, and correct if necessary, a transcript against a record than to transcribe the full record yourself.

8 : Be aware that not all transcripts are equal, some which may appear to be transcripts may in reality only be abstracts, i.e. only the main details extracted.

9 : If the original record no longer exists, it may be possible to check one transcript against another transcript to authenticate the details.

10 : Repeat ; always check a transcript against the original source where possible.