The graphic above, used for my blog, is taken from the tomb of Anne Mynne, wife of George Calvert. It symbolizes the importance of thinking differently about the past, particularly the manner in which Maryland history has been explained that ignores the role of women and minorities in shaping the quality of life and the course of human events.

If you have arrived here from my blog, you are at a web site that is devoted to making records, and the ability to view and transcribe them, available on line.

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This is an experimental web site designed to assist interested teachers, archivists, genealogists, and other scholars in the transcription and editing of historical documents interactively and on line.   The idea is a simple one.  An archives would scan and place on line for viewing the images of historical documents that would be contained in dynamic or static 'books' of the record series or manuscript collection.  The transcriber of the document and contributor of explanatory footnotes could be anywhere with web access.

The first version of this approach, the results of which are hyperlinked on the following page,  required the use of Netscape Communicator's editor.  The page viewed would be edited on line, transcribing the image in a 'table cell' adjacent to the image. On completion of the transcription (which would be saved locally with or without the image), the html would be emailed directly to the editor, being certain that the name of the html was the same as that of the image html from which the transcription was made.  The editor would review the transcription and place it on line with the original image.

The second and current version of which was introduced in October 2004 (before the more innovative approach)  is more directly interactive and self-explanatory, once permission is granted for interactive editing on line. In time, I hope to bring the site more into line with WIKIPEDIA's format, programming resources permitting.

Watch this site for a more detail explanation and changes in design, but in the meantime, feel free to explore and follow the first efforts at transcribing and editing on line.  If you should have any interest in transcribing, or questions, write me at  Suggestions and comments are most welcome.

The transcription and editing of documents on this site is by user name/password only.  If you would like to help on any of the current projects, send me an email at with what you would like to use as a user name and password, and I will get back to you.

Proceed to current transcription and editing projects.

August 7, 2004 (revised 2013/02/03)