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Offline Marian55

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Starting a transcription project
« on: Tuesday 08 August 17 15:36 BST (UK) »
I have recently inherited a large number of diaries kept by my grandmother.  I would like to begin transcribing them, but as many people and places will be mentioned I would also like to be able to create an index as I go along.
Does anyone have any advice as to how to go about such a project?  Would I need specialist software, or is this something I can do in Word?  Is there anything else I should consider before starting such a project?
Many thanks for any suggestions offered.

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Re: Starting a transcription project
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 09 August 17 15:49 BST (UK) »
Word does a grand job and will construct the index as you go along. My own family history writing is in Word and has something like 25 pages of index in 3 columns!
It'll also do contents pages (so in your context, years or months) and keep those updated - and lists of illustrations as well.
Excellent tool.
Simons Barrett Jaffray Waugh Langdale Heugh Meade Garnsey Evans Vazie Mountcure Glascodine Parish Peard Smart Dobbie Sinclair....
in Stirlingshire, Roxburghshire; Bucks; Devon; Somerset; Northumberland; Carmarthenshire; Glamorgan

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Re: Starting a transcription project
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 09 August 17 16:07 BST (UK) »
Thank you!  That's useful to know, and reassuring too that I will be able to get started without having to purchase specific software.