USGenWeb Free Census Project Help - Transcribing Help Index
Welcome to the Help section of the USGW Census Project! Thank you for volunteering for our work to bring the census online.
Remember that "transcribing," means to make an exact copy, so that everything recorded is performed as much as possible in a manner faithful with the original record.
If you have any questions about transcribing the census, you've come to the right place. Please read through the tutorial that covers the year you are interested in transcribing.
Tutorial By Year
(These pages contain links to templates and programs to
use during transcription. Just click on the year you are interested in
transcribing and read the information provided.)
| 1790 | 1800 | 1810 | 1820 | 1830 | 1840 | 1850 | 1860 |
| 1870 | 1880 | 1890 | 1900 | 1910 | 1920 | 1930 |
Where to obtain records to transcribe
CART (only for
years 1850, 1860, and 1870) PC Only
CENTRANS (currently for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930) MAC & PC [The programmer is writing updates which will eventually include all years.]
TEMPLATES for all years and some specialty census schedules. [These are available by request from Maggie Stewart. Please use "templates" as the subject of your email and include what year and type of template that you need.]
Helpful Transcription Information
Subdistricts and Enumeration Districts.
Page and sheet numbering system.
About the header on each page.
About the columns on each page.
Notes for you to keep while working on your transcription.
Census Transcribing FAQs
Examples of how names appear on the census.
Examples of Old Handwriting styles.
Blank census forms that you can print out.
Where to look for additional help.
Contact your State Census Coordinator (SCC).
Join the CART mailing list for questions about the CART Database Program.
Join the CENTRANS mailing list for questions about the CenTrans Database Program.
RootsWeb Census FAQs Message Board
If you haven't signed up...
Go to the Sign Up page and
choose the year you wish to transcribe.
Follow the directions and submit your choice.
If you have a forms-challenged browser, contact the Census Project Coordinator, Maggie Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information on Second Transcription (Proofreading)
When your census is finished, you will need to read the Completion Instructions. This page should answer all of your questions about submitting your transcription.