Married couple transcribe more than a million records in FreeREG

It is Volunteers’ Week 2018, and we’re celebrating the unbelievable achievement of our devoted transcribers! 

Married couple Maureen and Stuart Tokely, who reside in Australia, have been transcribing for Norfolk since Sep 2007 and have lately handed one million data between them. Their transcriptions account for almost one sixth of the entire Norfolk data. 

Right here, Stuart tells us about their experiences transcribing for his or her ‘residence’ county.

Maureen and Stuart Tokely (c)

Though we now reside in Melbourne, I used to be Norwich born and bred and Maureen moved down from Sunderland when she was about 9 months previous so I suppose we might name her an adopted Norfolk Dumpling!  We emigrated with our youngsters in 1974 and though we at the moment are naturalised Australians, I prefer to suppose like Nelson, who famously mentioned “I am a Norfolk man and glory in being so.”

Via transcribing for FreeREG, it’s wonderful how a lot we’ve learnt a few county which I believed I do know inside out.  I commonly ask “The place on earth is that?” and should discuss with maps to find villages I’ve by no means heard of.  We have now a replica of White’s Norfolk 1891 which belonged to my nice grandmother and likewise a replica of White’s 1845 which we purchased on our final go to to Norwich.  We commonly refer to those and discover many desirable historic info concerning the cities and villages in Norfolk that we have been unaware of.

Maureen and Stuart are the robust basis of the success of FreeREG in Norfolk.

Norfolk Coordinator, Julie Harold

Maureen informed us that Stuart has extra time to transcribe for FreeREG: “Whereas I cook dinner, clear and bottle wash, Stuart sits there and transcribes however at the least it retains him out of my hair!”

They hope to proceed as transcribers for a few years but, however are dreading the day when Norfolk is ‘accomplished and dusted’.  Stuart says “I suppose we might all the time assist with one other county however it might not be the identical as coping with our ‘residence’ county”.

Right here at Free UK Family tree, we’re extremely lucky to have so many energetic transcribers enabling us to make extra household historical past data accessible totally free on our web sites.

To all of our volunteers, we ship an enormous vote of thanks this Volunteers Week!