Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Look at the Records!

These are the types of files that our team will be preparing for digitization. Come and join us! We offer a flexible schedule, great working conditions and the companionship of a terrific group of volunteers and archivists. To volunteer, send an email to

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Training Schedule and Start Date

Officials at the Maryland Archives and FamilySearch are pleased to announce the following training schedule for volunteers working on the Wills and Probate Digitization Project.

We invite you to attend either a morning or an afternoon class on a day that is convenient for you:

Wednesday, May 29
10:00 am - 12:00 pm OR 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Friday, May 31
10:00 am - 12:00 pm OR 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Tuesday, June 4
10:00 am - 12:00 pm OR 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Training will include:

  1. A full tour of the Hall of Records, conservation lab, and imaging center; 
  2. A discussion of the project goals, timelines and record collections;
  3. Training on document preparation procedures;
  4. Volunteer schedule.

* * * We are planning to begin document preparation on Friday, June 7 * * *

Please sign up for a training session by sending an email to Carol Petranek at, indicating the date and time you are able to attend. If you are unable to attend any of these sessions, please let me know and we will arrange an alternate date.

Thank you very much for your interest in volunteering. We look forward to working together in preserving these historic records and making them available to grateful researchers worldwide.

Friday, May 10, 2013

An Exciting Joint Venture! and the Maryland Archives have begun a joint venture to digitize Will and Probate Records held at the Maryland Archives. This important project will ensure the preservation of these vital records and make them more readily accessible to the public. 

Records from Baltimore County, Carroll County and Caroline County will will be prepared by local volunteers and digitally imaged by These documents date from the mid-1800's to the mid-1900's.

We are currently seeking volunteers to assist with this work. Work begins in early June.

  Assistance is needed Monday through Friday, between 8:30 & 4:30
  Work a 4 hour shift on a day of your choice; flexible schedules available
  All work is done on location at the Maryland Archives, 350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis 21491·
        Requirements include:
    o   Attention to detail
    o   Ability to work closely and collaborate with other volunteers
    o   Willingness to participate in document preparation training
    o   Desire to assist in preservation efforts

             Responsibilities include:  
    o   Examining documents for conservation issues
    o   Removing documents from probate packet envelopes
    o   Unfolding and flattening documents for imaging
    o   Ensuring that documents are in camera-ready order


    Volunteer Coordinator: Carol Petranek
          Contact:; 301-572-4105

    If you are interested in being a volunteer in this exciting and meaningful project, please send an email to Carol Petranek at:, with the following information:
    1. Your Name, Address, Phone Number
    2. Day of the week and timeframe that you are available (i.e., Mondays, 9:00-1:00)
    3. How did you learn about this project?
    We look forward to your assistance with this project!