You know how we all love to ‘give back’? Well here’s a fabulous way for you to do so.

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine’s third annual Transcription Tuesday event is being held on Tuesday, 5 February 2019, and you can be part of it, and help make unique records accessible to everyone.

The following is a portion of their Press Release …

Transcription Tuesday was launched in 2017 by Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, to encourage family and local historians to get involved in transcription projects. “The internet has transformed family history,” said editor Sarah Williams, “but the documents that are going online need to be transcribed or indexes to make the searchable, and for many projects the only way that is going to happen is with the help of volunteers.”

Just as we did in 2017 and 2018, we’re asking readers to join us in indexing and transcribing thousands of unique records throughout the day, helping to make them more widely accessible to researchers across the globe.

So no matter wherever you are in the world on Tuesday, 5 February 2019, if you can spare a few minutes or a few hours, this is the perfect opportunity to delve into some fascinating documents and give something back to the family history community. And ever better, you don’t even need to leave the house to take part. All you need is a computer, an internet connection and a passion for genealogy!

What can I transcribe?
This year the WDYTYA Magazine team have chosen to support three exciting crowdsourcing projects:

English Parish Registers
Done in conjunction with FamilySearch, these will help unlock crucial details of baptisms, marriages and burials by indexing historic parish registers from a number of areas including Cambridge, Cumbria, Hereford, Huntingdon and Shropshire. CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS

Railway Work, Life and Death
This is a joint initiative from the University of Portsmouth, the Modern Records Centre and the National Railway Museum, and the WDYTYA Magazine team have a goal to get an entire 119 page volume of railway worker accidents transcribed in a single day. On average there’s 18 accidents per page, so approximately 2150 records could be transcribed and available for future historians to discover their railway worker ancestors.  CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS

Warwickshire Quarter Sessions Depositions
Help Heritage & Culture Warwickshire build a free searchable online index to over 12,000 witness statements held by the county archives. CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS

How do I get involved?
Simply click on the links at the bottom of this page to find out more about each of the three projects and what the work will entail. If any of the projects piques your interest, follow the step-by-step instructions and sign up to it directly.

If you change your mind, don’t worry – just try a different project, or have a go at all of them!

More information
Check out the Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine website, and if you have any further queries, feel free to send an email to and the team will be happy to answer your queries.

Keep up to date
Keep up to date with the latest news and happening by following Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine on Facebook or Twitter.

Spread the word
And social media users if you’re taking part, please spread the word, and don’t forget to use the official hashtag of #transcriptiontuesday when you post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or elsewhere.

Transcription Tuesday
5 February 2019