Monday, 24 March 2014

Help Transcribe Diaries from the First World War

Admit it: you've always wanted to rummage through someone else's diary, learn their hopes and fears, and see what they REALLY think!

Well, here's your chance!

The UK National Archives is asking for your help in transcribing diaries kept by soldiers of the First World War. The Archives has in its collection over 1.5 million pages of handwritten diary entries which, until now, have only been accessible to those who make the trip to London, England.   But now the archivists are working to put them online and you can help!

With Operation War Diary, volunteers will be assigned a segment of a unit war diary and asked to tag key details from the pages, such as names, places and events. The data inputted by volunteers will be collected and used to enrich The National Archives’ catalogue descriptions for the unit war diaries, enabling family historians around the world to trace their army ancestors and providing academics and researchers with a better understanding of how the war was fought.

If you are interested in being part of this amazing opportunity, visit

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