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18 October 2014

Try Writing Out Transcriptions

I was having difficulty transcribing a rather difficult to read 18th century will from Massachusetts. Instead of typing it on my computer, I wrote out my transcription by hand. It might not have been the fastest method, but it slowed me down and forced me to concentrate on what the words actually meant instead of seeing how fast I could type it. And thinking about the words helped to interpret some of the hard to read phrases.

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