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November 9, 2015

Emigrant City: Help Transcribe 19th & 20th Century Documents

Just spotted this note on  The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society's Facebook post

Join us in transcribing 19th and early 20th century real estate records from the Emigrant Savings Bank. These unique documents reveal the lives and dreams of immigrants who helped create modern New York. Help unlock a vital piece of history!
Emigrant Bank was founded in 1850 by members of the Irish Emigrant society to serve the needs of the Irish immigrant community in New York.  The goal of the Emigrant City transcription initiative is to produce structured, building-level records for approximately 6,400 digitized mortgages.

We are encouraging general access to the collection by making high resolution images of these materials available via the NYPL Digital Collections website. This is not the first time the collection has garnered attention from crowdsourcing efforts. An project has successfully digitized and indexed the collection's Index Book, Test Books, Deposit-Account Ledger, and Transfer, Signature, and Test Books. 
It's a cool crowdsourcing venture. You can Mark, Transcribe or Verify records so it's easy to pick a task that is of most interest to you. I'm off to verify a few! Won't you join in too?

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