are always looking
for help .
This could be to help as a Coordinator Transcriber or Checker.
To help with
- A computer and some spare time.
- A spreadsheet program. (Excel Works Open Office etc)
You can help with a
County of your choice.
- See the individual County Status
pages to see what area's are available.
We Transcribe and Check from CD's
supplied to you.
- The software instructions and lots of help and advice is also on hand at all times
as well as by the individual County Coords.
The software is designed to make the task as easy as possible.
- Although the software is designed for PC/Windows machines arrangements can be made to accommodate Linux-based
PCs and Apple computers.
- There are also dedicated mailing lists
where you can post questions or queries on and to receive
advice in all aspects of FreeCEN.
There are four phases that we go through
before the DATA gets uploaded to the Online Search facility.
- Post Validating.
Phase 1 : Transcription
We transcribe into a specially designed Spreadsheet
from the CD.
The first couple of pages are done to start you off.
You are supplied with the Images from which you will Transcribe
for the PIECE you have chosen. This is normally on a CD.
We have a program called CSVCHECK that you can use
yourself or your Ccoordinator will run the spreadsheet through it for you.
This produces a report that will ultimately help you as well.
Phase 2 : Checking
piece will be checked by another volunteer using a
FreeCEN program called WINCC.
We also have what we call the Visual Checking
method from the Transcribed Spreadsheet.
This is more for those that have the new Windows 7.
Phase 3 :
A validation will be carried out using local knowledge
of the county to assist particularly in the validation of place names.
This is mostly done by the COORD or their designated volunteer.
We use a FreeCEN Program called
VALDREV for this purpose.
Phase 4 : Post Validation.
Finally Phase 4 is normally done by the County COORD prior to the
PIECE being uploaded to the ONLINE DATABASE.
How to Volunteer
You can contact the individual
the active County list on the left hand side of this page.
Alternatively please contact
by clicking on her name.