How To Transcribe a news item
Many people will clip an obit from a newspaper and will put it on the tree or post it on a web page but they do not know how to transcribe the information into a useable format. I’ve struggled with this over the many years of working with newspaper items but I now have an easy format that I follow. I saw the following obit on a Face Book page and transcribed the information. I then thought others might benefit from the layout of the transcription and this obit could be made into a “How To” blog post.
The Face Book posted obit was this.
Notice that they put the date on the clip and included the name of the publication in the description.
Many people get overwhelmed with the information provided and because it is scattered throughout the obituary some of the information gets left off of the person’s family tree profile page.
Here is the Obit:
Below is the transcription text page:
Philip B Sharrard
born: 25 Aug 1863
at Lynn township, Michigan
died: 30 May 1938 Monday
at home in Cass City, Michigan
wife 1: Mary Hebenton
she died on 08 May 1926
Mattie Sharrard now Mrs. Mattie Lorentzen
wife 2: Sadie T Anderson
married: 07 Mar 1928
at Imlay City, Michigan
two (2) sons:
Stanley Sharrard – Cass City, Michigan
Joshua Sharrard – Shabbona, Michigan
one (1) daughter:
Mrs. Ernest Lorentzen – Cumber, Michigan
one (1) sister:
Mrs. Rachel Chambers – Dunsmore, California
1877 move to farm SE of Cass City
1924 came to Cass City
milk truck driver
for Nestle’s Milk Products, Inc.
worked there for 22 years
retired in 1935 due to poor health
address: corner of Sherman and Pine St
burial: Elkland cemetery
Obit in newspaper:
Cass City Chronicle
03 Jun 1938
Thumb of Michigan Genealogy FB group page – include a link to the page if available
I hope this post will help you transcribe a newspaper item in the future.