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 death record of my 3rd great grandfather, Andrew Van Every (1798-1873)
Name and Surname of Deceased. Andrew Van Every
When Died. 25 July 1873
Sex - Male or Female. M
Age. 78 Years
Rank or Profession. Famer
Where Born. Ontario
Certified cause of Death, and duration of Illness. Brights Kidney, 18 mos
Name of Physician, if any. James Stinson
Signature, description and residence of informant. James Stinson, M.D. St. George
When Registered. 21 August 1873
Religious Denomination of Deceased. Baptist
Signature of Registrar. (David Baptie)
Division. South Dumfries
FamilySearch and found the transcription to the left.
The Record Number matches the Record Number on the microfilm, so even if the cousin retrieved the microfilm from the local government records as opposed to a Family History Center, it's the same record.
FamilySearch labels this: Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947.
Their citation for the collection is: Archives of Ontario. RG 80-8. Registrations of deaths, 1869-1937.
While I understand that not every bit of information on the records gets transcribed by FamilySearch, I am somewhat surprised that when they describe the contents of the records in the database, they don't mention that it may list Cause of Death, Profession, or Religion. I guess perhaps it's the difference between a genealogist and a family historian, and FamilySearch only thinks about listing information that is of concern to the strict genealogist who only cares about names, dates, and place information
2) Needless to say, I do find interesting the information on profession, religion, and cause of death. I knew Andrew Van Every was a farmer, though the Religious Denomination is new information. My great grandfather (Andrew's grandson) was Methodist. The Van Everys who originally settled in America were Lutheran. My grandmother adopted the Christian Science tradition. I appear to come from a line of 'seekers' who didn't necessarily follow the religions of their parents.
3) Bright's Disease would today be referred to as Chronic or Acute Nephritis.