Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.
I continue my project to transcribe family letters, journals, newspaper articles, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Not only do the documents contain genealogical information, the words breathe life into kin - some I never met - others I see a time in their life before I knew them.
I began this project back in February of 2009, and since then, many others have joined in on the meme. Why do we transcribe? I provide my three reasons in the linked post. You may find others. If you participate, feel free to leave a link to your post in the comments.
This week I transcribe the London birth record of my great grandfather's brother, Israel David Newmark (1903-2004)
Registration District: St. Marylebone
1903 BIRTH in the Sub-district of All Souls in the County of London
1. When and where born: Third April 1903 - 56 Wells Street
2. Name: Israel David
3. Sex: Boy
4. Name and surname of father: Samuel Joseph Newmark
5. Name, surname, and maiden name of mother: Rose Newmark, formerly Sandgart
6. Occupation of father: Master Tailor
7. Signature, description and residence of informant: X The mark of Rose Newmark, mother, 56 Wells Street
8. When registered: Twentieth May 1903
9. Signature of registrar: J. Clayton, Registrar
1) Last week I transcribed the birth record of Israel David's sister, Cecile. Between January of 1896 and 1903, seven years passed. The youngest of 8 children, Israel David might possibly be classified as a 'surprise.' The eldest child would have his first son in 1904, and Israel David would end up being known to his numerous nephews and nieces as "Uncle Buddy."
2) It's not too surprising that the family had moved to a new address after seven years. Rose's maiden name was given this time as "Sandgart." This time, she was the informant. It's possible her pronunciation of her maiden name was closer than her husband's. I think this is the first appearance of Samuel's middle name on a document.
3) "Uncle Buddy" (1903-2004) outlived many of his nephews and nieces, and served as a bridge to later generations. There's an interview of him I wish to transcribe, and excerpts may appear here.
This is my 150th Amanuensis Monday post. Here's an index of past transcriptions.