The Journal Digitisation Project

In 2015 the Executive Committee decided that putting copy of our journals on the website was a good use of our site, and Joan Scrivener (of West 4 printers and a life member of the Society) was able to assist by providing digital copy of our journals back to 2011. The ongoing project is to continue digitising our journals all the way back to when the Society (and the journal) started in 1987. As of November 2017 all journals back to March 2004 have been digitised.

The process involves obtaining hard copy of the journals to be digitised, and then scanning each page, approximately 160 pages per year, to a suitable folder. That's the easy part. The next stage in the process is to use an OCR program to read each of the scanned pages and turn them into text, and to use the text so created to build a journal that looks as much like the original as is reasonable to achieve. While creating the new journal any pictures need to be separately extracted from the original scanned images, and then get pasted (inserted) into the new copy. So it's long-winded and technical, but at the same time very satisfying to see the new journal being rebuilt without much typing. You get to be a total whiz on the Word for Windows options to fit text into the available space, and you get to browse the content as you go along. You definitely need to do a quick proof-read as you will find dates such as 2017 are likely to have been morphed into ZOl7, and much else besides.

If this is the sort of work you fancy then please contact the Projects Co-ordinator.




Society news

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on 17th December and will be Zoom party time for Christmas. Bring your own crackers and refreshments. There will be a quiz.

Next Fair

We shall be running our virtual stall (with chat) at the Family History Show Online on Saturday 20th February 2021.

Next Advice Session

Advice sessions run at Feltham Library have had to be suspended, but advice may be requested by email. See the Advice page.


Previous news


Recent updates

24-November-2020

Digitised journals now go back to 1992, all fully indexed.

20-November-2020

Matt Brown's London Etymology Map has been added as an option to our Parish Maps page.

20-November-2020

New image (and tip) of the month.

5-November-2020

Committee minutes for September 2020 added to Members Area.

28-October-2020

Tickets at half price for our members for next year's family history show - see our Discounts page .

16-October-2020

New image (and tip) of the month.


Previous updates


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