Transcribing for the Uninitiated with speaker Judy Petersen #jgs-iajgs #announcements #events

Ellen Beller

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Colorado presents:

Transcribing for the Uninitiated




Judy Petersen 


Sunday • May 23 2021 

10 AM to 12 PM Mountain Time

On Zoom


9:30 AM to 10:00 AM Schmear, Schmooze, and Share 

Program starts promptly at 10 AM 




Transcribed records are the foundation of all genealogical databases.  This rewarding work is accomplished solely by volunteers.  Volunteers are always needed, at all levels--for transcription, validation (proof reading) and project management.  This program is an overview of transcribing--what it is, what the different roles are, what skills are needed, what opportunities there are, what kinds of records are available and what kind of commitment is required--as well as a basic "how-to" in deciphering script (sorry, not Kurrant or Sütterlin!), how to enter information, what information to include (or not), errors, and what to do about notations.  All levels welcome! 




Judy Petersen became interested in family history as a  12 year old listening to her grandfather's stories of growing up in Russia.  She began actively researching after the death of her paternal grandparents and uncle, to find cousins and restore a sense of extended family to her father.  One thing led to another, and now Judy has 4 Kehillalinks projects on JewishGen, family trees on MyHeritage and Geni, as well as a town-wide project for her ancestral town of Körmend, Hungary, on Geni.  She has found relatives in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Hungary, Croatia, Israel, Argentina, and Italy.  She also does an annual "roots project" with the 5th graders in her synagogue's Religious School. Active on several facebook genealogy sites, she frequently is able to assist others with their research in the former Austro-Hungarian empire.  Since so much of genealogy is networking, one way Judy accomplishes this is by transcribing records.  She has transcribed and indexed records for over 20 years, including multiple JewishGen projects for the All Hungary Database and the Yizkor Book project, as well as for and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Outside of genealogy, she is a retired Physical Therapist, a retired music paraprofessional and an active crochet-er, reader and baker.  She is very happy to share her experiences transcribing and encourages everyone to become volunteer transcribers.


Please register in advance for this event at:

tanscribing for the Uninitiated
Ellen Beller President JGSCO 

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