Gene Notes

Some random and some not-so-random thoughts on family history.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Sometimes Someone Tells you about a Gem!

Granny Pam at Granny's Genealogy recommended a program in a comment on Carol's blog Reflections from the Fence for transcribing from images that I downloaded and am trying out for transcribing wills.
The program is Transcript and it is available here. All I can say, is OMG! This is fantastic. I wish I had this program twenty-plus years when my dad and I photocopied over 200 letters, most from his great-grandmother Percival, and I transcribed them all. It was a lot of work, but it would have been made better by this gem of a program.

Right now I am transcribing a probate record that contains 65 pages. Of course, some of the pages are just folder covers, but some are quite detailed. You can set the image to scroll line by line as you hit enter for a new line and/or as word wrap starts a new line.  It will save the document as an .rtf. Right now, I'm typing and then copying and pasting into my genealogy software. It's a beautiful thing and it is freeware.

Copyright 2010, ACK for Gene Notes


  1. Just now catching up on blogs. Thanks to you and Carol for this link. Now if you can just find a site that give more free-time for me to do the work I need to do. LOL

  2. Thanks for mentioning my comment on Carol's blog, and for the link back. We should do a meme for a while called "Tuesday Tools"; everyone could give their tricks and tricks. I will start Tuesday, but I will probably go with transcript, so you will not need to read that one.

  3. I would love to, but have so much going on - mostly scanning all these letters and transcribing them.