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Transcribing and Abstracting: Essential Skills for Genealogists


This 1.5 hour course, Transcribing and Abstracting: Essential Skills for Genealogists, is offered in Central (US) time. Please remember to convert to your local time.

This workshop will be recorded and available for viewing for 14 days.

NOTE: Prices are in US dollars.

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Transcribing and Abstracting: Essential Skills for Genealogists

It is critical for professional genealogists to know how to both transcribe and abstract records.  This can be difficult especially when the document has difficult-to-read handwriting, is in poor condition, or includes terminology not previously encountered. While a time-consuming process, transcribing a record helps with understanding that document and its purpose. Abstracts provide a useful summary of the key details contained in the record.

The skills of transcribing and abstracting are evaluated in both the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen) and the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) credentialing processes. Although the process for evaluating an applicant’s ability to transcribe and abstract differs between ICAPGen and BCG, both organizations rely on similar criteria for rating the applicant’s proficiency.

This 1.5 hour course will include an interactive and hands-on focus on the standards and processes for creating transcriptions and abstracts. Bring along your difficult transcription projects.

Date: 8 February, 2022 at 3pm (CENTRAL US)

The course fee is in US dollars and includes the third-party administration fee.

NOTE: The time is CENTRAL (US).  Please ensure that you convert to your local time zone.

About the presenter

Mauri Pratt, CG®, AG®

Mauri Pratt is both an Accredited Genealogist® and a Certified Genealogist® with over 15 years of genealogical research experience. Specializing in Southern United States research problems, Mauri has worked as a genealogy researcher and manager for  AncestryProGenealogists, owned her own research business, taught family history college courses online for BYU-Idaho, and currently works with Firebird Forensics Group as an investigative genetic genealogist. She also manages the Jared Pratt Family Association, the oldest genealogical organization of its kind in the United States. From presenting at local, state, and national conferences and institutes like SLIG, RootsTech, and the National Genealogical Society Annual Conference, to engaging her four young children in family history research, Mauri thrives on sharing her passion for the process of research and her joy in discovering ancestral mysteries.

Mauri is skilled at utilizing DNA and advanced methodologies to overcome genealogy “brick walls.” While she is focused on finding the facts, dates, and locations of missing ancestral links, she particularly enjoys learning the stories of her ancestors and the ancestors of others. Mauri descends from Mayflower passengers, a Salem “witch,” Utah pioneers, Tennessee long hunters, and veterans of the Revolutionary War, Mexican War, Civil War, and various 20th-century wars. She is passionate about guiding others on their journeys to discover their own family histories.