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From: Graham Hart <>
Subject: Re: New volunteer
Date: Sun, 09 May 1999 01:15:11 +0100
Thanks for offering to volunteer :))
> I've been collecting BMD index pages from SLC for the names that I'm
> researching and I'm willing to transcribe information from them.
ok, we are interested in any records you have but, for the main
co-ordinated transcription we are interested in volunteers who are
willing to join a syndicate that transcribes a whole quarter or year of
records. This involves all names rather than just the ones you are
interested in ...
So, I need to know if you are interested in joining a syndicate or not.
I have appended to the end of this email the email I sent to the other
volunteers this morning. If you are interested in joining a syndicate
could you please read it and reply to me with answers to the questions.
It will help me to know which syndicate to put you in ...
ok .. thanks again for volunteering and welcome to the project :))
You are receiving this email becuase the FreeBMD project has you on
record as having volunteered to be a transcriber.
If you haven't volunteered or are unable to transcribe, please respond
letting me know and i will remove you from the list.
For the rest of you ...
I am in the process of sorting out the starting syndicates for the
project and I need some information from each of you to help me sort
things out a bit.
Some of you will have already given this information before on the list,
but I would like to make sure things are up to date.
There will be two kinds of transcribers: Transcribers and
Co-ordinators. A Co-ordinator will runa syndicate or assist in running
a syndicate by allocating ranges to the other transcribers, helping with
questions and liaising with the FreeBMD project Leadership. A
Co-ordinator, of course, can also be a transcriber. A Transcriber is
someone who transcribes records for the project.
ok .. here are the questions ....
What is the capital of Mongolia ?
...oops wrong list...
1. Are you willing to be a Co-ordinator ?
2. Are you willing to be a transcriber ?
3. Where are you ? Country and Area/Town please.
4. Do you have a fiche reader yourself ?
5. Do you have a film reader yourself ?
6. Do you have access to a fiche reader ?
7. Do you have access to a film reader ?
8. Do you have access to source material in a cheap and usable way ?
9. Are you willing to purchase some fiche/film ?
10. Have you purchased some fiche/film ?
10. Do you have a submitter id on the system ?
11. Have you successfully contributed any data ?
12. Have you set-up any kind of data entry system for this data that may
be of use to others ?
13. Have you started to transcribe a range, already ?
14. Was this range allocated through FreeBMD ?
15. Do you have others who have joined you ? Please list them
ok, I think that is it for the moment. I will use this list to talk to
you over the next few weeks. You are all blind copied on this message so
you don't end up replying to each other by accident :))
We have a new list for syndicates and I will let you kow how to get onto
it in a future message, at the moment we are just setting the mechanics
of it up.
The idea of the new list is to discuss specific transcription/syndicate
issues as opposed to the Admins list which remains general info and
suggestions... I will require at least one member of a syndicate to be
on the syndicates list.
I will gather your responses and see how many co-ordinators we have and
how much source. I will then split people into syndicates. At the
moment, I know of three people that have source in hand for the
project: Louise Staley in New Zealand, Iris Hart (my mum) in Western
Australia, and me in the UK.
Louise's fiche was delivered as film and someone has taken it off her
hands to get it changed to fiche. Iris' and my fiche arrived at my house
this morning. I will be forwarding on set on to WA in the next day or
The fiche I have is deaths 1875 and 1885 and consists of 19 fiche each.
This means the max size for the syndicates is likely to be about 15.
If people are using libraries and FHCs to access the source then the
syndicates can probably contain as many people as are available.
ok, that's enough waffle from me ... please answer back as soon as you
can so I can start setting up the syndicates.
Thanks a lot for your help and thank you all for volunteering.