Monday, June 24, 2013

Prepped and Prepared at the Maryland Archives

Our work is progressing at an amazing rate! We have finished the Carroll County Estate Papers and are more than half-way through Carroll County Wills. Carol Petranek, our Volunteer Coordinator, wrote an article about our work on this project which was published online at Meridian Magazine. Here is the link:

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Our First Box Prepped and Indexed

Our first group of volunteers began document prep on Friday, June 7. The first series to be processed is 7 boxes of Estate Papers from Carroll County, MD. By the end of the day, 4 boxes had been partially prepped. By mid-day on Monday, June 10, the first box was fully prepped and indexed. By Tuesday June 11, the second box was prepped and indexed. Tomorrow, there will be 3 more boxes prepped and ready for indexing. This series will be done in 4 days! The next group of records to be processed will be Carroll County Wills.

We are creating an index for each record that is digitized, which means that the collection will be name-searchable as soon as it is available online.

George Wood, one of our Monday volunteers, completed the indexing of the first box. He added a green dot meaning that this box is finished and ready for digitization by a FamilySearch camera.

You are invited to join us! Volunteers are asked to work a minimum of one 4-hour shift per month, at a day and time of their choice. Send an email to:

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

We Are Ready to Start!

This Friday, June 7, is our official start date! Our team will dig into the first box of historic records from Carroll County. These will be estate records, which will be the easiest to prepare. They are already flat and in folders, and the folders are labeled. All that is needed is to remove fasteners (staples, ribbons, pins), create an indexing "target sheet" that captures pertinent information, and enter that data into a spreadsheet. There are only eight boxes of these "easy" records, and they will be processed quickly. The nitty-gritty work starts with records that are tri-folded and rolled (like a jellyroll). But, nothing is too daunting for our terrific volunteers! 

We invite you to participate -- we have teams working everyday between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. You can choose a day and time that fits your schedule. Join the fun and "pay it forward"!