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 on February 16, 2009. Since I began, many others have joined in on the meme. I am thrilled that this meme I started has inspired so many to transcribe their family history documents. Why do we transcribe? I provide my three reasons in the linked post. You may find others.
In honor of Veterans Day, this week I transcribe a Veterans ID card of my wife's great uncle, James Wesley Usrey (1925-2010), half-brother to her maternal grandmother.
1) US Navy muster rolls on Ancestry confirm he was a shipmate aboard the USS Paddle from Nov 1944 through Dec of 1945.