FindersKeepers is a UK based project from the Derbyshire Record Office, who are responsible for Derbyshire’s archives that consist of original documents created by individuals, families or organisations in the normal course of their activities. People of all ages and backgrounds can and do use these archives, including genealogists, academic historians, local history researchers, school children, or anyone else who wants to make direct contact with the evidence of the past.
The project is inviting volunteers to work from home, and reformat the word processed lists that describe the contents of archive collections held by Derbyshire Record Office itself, so that the lists can be made available through their online catalogue.
Tasks may include:
• Converting word processed text files to tables
• Cutting and pasting text to place it in the correct columns
• Copy-typing from digital scans of archive lists
• Checking spelling, grammar and accuracy of lists
• Improving access to their finding aids
You can find a step-by-step guide of how to perform this role here.
The main outcome of this role will be improved access to the Derbyshire archives. For the volunteer, the benefits should include: an improved knowledge of what is contained in the archives of Derbyshire; skills with Microsoft Word, and a public acknowledgement of your role via their online catalogue.
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