Monday, November 8, 2010

Amanuensis Monday - November 8, 2010

Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.
  • Is there a letter, journal entry, speech, other document, or audio recording, written or delivered by or about an ancestor you wish to transcribe for future generations?
  • Are you engaged in a transcription project of an historical document?
This is what Amanuensis Monday was created for. Amanuensis is an obscure word, but it derives from the Latin, ‘Manu’ meaning ‘hand’. I began this project back in February of 2009, and since then, many others have joined in on the meme.  Why do we transcribe?

If you have an Amanuensis Monday post on your blog, please feel free to add a link below.

2 comments:

Heather Rojo said...

Why do we transcribe? I looked back at my Monday posts and saw letters, diaries, incriptions from monuments and gravestones, Revolutionary War pension, newsclippings, obituaries, political cartoons, audio taped interviews and an old broadside. This is just a little taste of what a professional genealogist must read, source and analyse everyday in their jobs. I hope that my little projects will give me the practice to make my personal research as professional as possible.

John said...

Another excellent reason, thanks!