Category: Manuscript reproduction

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Oh, the difference one letter can make when using copied documents.

This joke is the best illustration I’ve ever seen of the negative effects of working from copied documents instead of originals. This should be on display in every library, archive and genealogy center as a reminder of the perils awaiting.

This is something I think about every time I do a transcription, and this type of consequence is why I use wildcard symbols in place of characters I can’t quite make out or understand in the original or copy I’m working from. It ensures the reader knows there is doubt and if it’s important to them and their research, they’ll look for and consult the original.

MonkThe Old Monk

A new monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to help the other monks in copying the old texts by hand.

He notices, however, that they are copying copies, not the original books. So, the new monk goes to the head monk to ask him about this. He points out that if there were an error in the first copy, that error would be continued in all of the other copies.

The head monk says “We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son.” So, he goes down into the cellar with one of the copies to check it against the original.

Hours later, nobody has seen him. So, one of the monks goes downstairs to look for him. He hears a sobbing coming from the back of the cellar, and finds the old monk leaning over one of the original books crying. He asks what’s wrong.

The old monk sobs, “The word is celebrate.”

Why would a typist and transcriptionist want to spend her leisure years typing and transcribing?

transcriptionThe answer?

I’m a genealogy fanatic and typing and transcription are a very large portion of the workload necessary to conduct research, handle sources and documents, and transcribe images of documents into editable text to make it searchable. Although I made the majority of my living as a business owner and Administrative Assistant using these necessary skills, I find I’m using them just as much if not more in my quest for my family’s history and heritage.

I’ve looked into dictation transcription services in case I find a need for them and can afford them one day to ease my workload when (knock on wood) my blogs really take off. The majority of the sites I looked at offered basic transcription services without specialization, but I couldn’t believe the wide range of services offered by Daily Transcription Services.

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I don’t know if I ever could or would give up my genealogy as there’s always a new mystery to be solved and new questions to be answered.

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Transcription: Charles Keefer; Biographical Sketches of Old Settlers and Prominent People of Wisconsin

Charles Keefer Bio: Biographical Sketches of Wisconsin

NOTE: I’ve been working hard this week on updating information, and numerous sources and images for the Keefer (this document about Charles Keefer among them) and related families.

As soon as what I have to enter is completed (hopefully by August 31, 2013), I will post a notice on the main page of the Blythe Database as well as in a post on this blog.

Excerpt from:

Biographical Sketches








Vol. I.


Waterloo, Wis.,

Huffman & Hyer,





AMONG the class of hardy pioneers who left their Ohio homes, ” where they were surrounded by the comforts of life and social 31 privileges, and emigrated to what was at that time the Territory of “Wisconsin, was Christian W. and his wife Mary (Jacques) Keefer. He was born in Pennsylvania October 1, 1811, and “while yet a young man removed to Geauga County, Ohio, where he met and married his wife October 5, 1836. She was born in New York May 11, 1816, but removed to Geauga County, Ohio, with her parents while quite young. Mr. Keefer learned the tailor trade, and followed that occupation for over twenty years, when, becoming wearied of such a sedentary life, he resolved to try his fortune in Wisconsin. Accordingly, in the spring of 1847, with his wife and family he started West, settling in the town of Elba, Dodge county, Wisconsin, where they lived with their family for many years. In a new country like this was at that time, they had many trials, hardships and privations to endure in order to clear up the wild land and bring it from a state of nature to a condition highly productive. But they battled with all the difficulties that met them on every hand, and with strong, brave hearts succeeded in bringing order out of what seemed a chaos. Their family consisted of ten children. eight sons and two daughters, namely: William Henry Harrison, born September 23, 1837, married Lida A. Hopkins, now lives at Columbus, Wisconsin; Francis Elmer, born October 8, 1839, married Ella Hopkins, died in the Civil War; Lenard Scott, born December 6, 1841, married May Rose, now living at Dell Rapids, South Dakota; Thomas, born June 21. 1843, died in infancy; Comfort B., born October 7, 1846, died at the age 16 years; Mary E., born January 20, 1849, married Charles G. Blythe, now living in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee; Lorinda, born January 15, 1851, married A. K. M. Pomeroy, now living at Lotis, Wisconsin; Harmon, born January 22, 1853, married Amelia Waddell, now living at Beaver Dam, Wisconsin; Clay, born October 1, 1856, married Clara Bromley, now resides at Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

Charles, born November 25, 1854, on the old homestead in the town of Elba, where he still resides, having married Miss Eva Roberts of Columbus December 11, 1878, who was born February 28, 1862. They had three children, Elmer, born September 2, 1880; Marcia, born April 11, 1884, and Laura, born November 20, 1888.

Charles Keefer is recognized as an enterprising and progressive tanner, and a man who from boyhood has taken deep interest in blooded horses, and today is the owner of some very fine speimens (sic) of horse flesh.

After fifteen years of married life death entered Mr. Keefer’s happy home and took the wife and mother, who died August 27, 1893, and who is buried at Columbus. He then struggled for several years alone to keep his little family together, when, November 25, 1896, he married Miss Elizabeth Smith of Elba, Wisconsin, who was born September 25, 1851, and was the daughter of Edward Smith. She has proven herself a kind, companionable, industrious and hospitable wife, and a good mother to his children.

In 1874 Christian Keefer and wife moved from the old homestead, taking up their residence in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, where he died June 27, 1885. In September, 1898, Mrs. Keefer (or grandma as she was called) went back to the farm to live with her son, Charles, who, aided by his faithful wife, spared no pains in making the dear old mother happy and comfortable in her declining years. She was called “home” March 11, 1899, respected and mourned by all who knew her. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. T. S. Johnson, and she was laid beside her husband in the beautiful cemetery, “Oakwood,” at Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

For more information, sources, images, or photos for this or any other individual in my Blythe Database, please click here. or on the image or name in the title above.

The UK’s National Archives’ site “The Cabinet Papers” offers insight into UK government and its participants.

Flag of UKWhat is available to researchers on “The Cabinet Papers” site?

Records from 1915 to 1982 including full text is searchable from this site. Some of these records, however, have been redacted under the Public Records Act. These records include:

  • Decisions and discussions of cabinet.
  • Background reports and papers provided for cabinet ministers before cabinet meetings.
  • Handwritten notebooks of the Cabinet Secretary. Only those after 1941 survive.
  • Publications that describe the Cabinet office and procedures.

Records of the various committees and associated bodies including the Chiefs of Staff Committee are not digitized. It is possible to discover topics of discussion through diaries, memoirs and correspondence of those holding positions within and involved in government.

Digitisation of Cabinet secretaries’ notebooks are in progress, while those prior to March 1964 are already available and searchable.

There is a 30 year rule in place, during which Cabinet records remain unavailable to the public, resulting in conclusions and memoranda for Cabinet meetings of 1978 to 1982 have been made available and searchable online.

Links to relevant topics are:

Other features of this site include:


Historical Maps creates a portal for black and slave research. is working to raise $50,000 via an Indiegogo campaign for conversion their online portal into a site where subscribers will be able to research the names of their black slave ancestors. They’re planning for a June 2013 launch date.

The site will be searchable using keywords to find documents for viewing online or downloading. It will also be possible for participants to contribute to a researchers’ social network, as well as purchase products related to genealogy. At present, Our Black Ancestry has more than 70,000 unique visitors annually and hosts a thriving Facebook community.

The collection will be made possible through submission of existing documents by descendants of several families who held slaves. An outside company has agreed to provide digitization and scanning services, as well as other data including slave schedules, censuses and family trees.

Although there are numerous avenues for general genealogy research, the options available for research into black and slave ancestry have been lacking at best. The majority of the documents that would greatly assist in this area of research are privately held and can only be made available through individual, private agreements.

Anyone holding documents and images that would be of value for those researching their black ancestry are invited to contact