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Ready to start tagging and transcribing? We've curated these topical missions to help you jump in and contribute! Click on a topic that interests you, and it will bring you right to those historical records in our Catalog. Tagging and transcribing makes these records more accessible to everyone. New missions are added and updated regularly, so check back often to see what’s new.

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Revolutionary War Pension Files Transcription Mission

The stories of over 80,000 men and women who lived through the American Revolution are waiting to be told. Will you help us tell them?

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Outside the Box Missions

Up for a challenge or something different? We often have records that require special work in order to make them more accessible. 

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Chinese Heritage

Chinese Heritage

Help us transcribe and tag records related to the Chinese Exclusion Era. We need your help transcribing these immigration records and tagging very specific details that will help provide greater access to these records. Please read the instructions on the mission page carefully and begin contributing.

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Featured Court Case

JFK Assassination Records Collection

The Natural Food Company vs. Henry P. Bulkley, Williams Biscuit Company and William E. Williams

Help transcribe an equity case that involved The Natural Food Company, of Niagara Falls, New York, against Henry P. Bulkley for taking and reproducing the 1893 patent of Henry D. Perky for a “new and useful improvement in bread,” a shredded wheat biscuit, which consisted of “bread composed of superposed deposits of dry, externally rough, porous, sinuous threads or filaments of cooked whole wheat, and free from leavening or raising material.” Henry D. Perky owned the Cereal Machine Company and introduced his invention at the 1893 Columbian Exposition, the Chicago World’s Fair.

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Transcriber Task Force

Transcriber Task Force

Seeking expert transcribers! We’ve gathered records that have tricky elements for our expert transcribers. You may find only a few pages that are difficult or the whole record. If you’d like to join our Transcriber Task Force and get emails for special projects, send us an email

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1950 Census Transcription Projects

The 1950 Census is here! We're looking for help transcribing the initial name index for the 1950 Census. While you can transcribe any name or any page within the 1950 Census, we've identified several specific areas where we'd like your help transcribing.

Help refine the 1950 Census name index!


Featured Records

Jump in and help us transcribe these individual records. Documenting events throughout United States history, transcribers of all skill levels are sure to find something new and interesting in these featured records!​



  • Records of Allied Operational and Occupation Headquarters, World War II, Lists of American Escapees and Evaders Transcribe this record.
  • Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Athens, Greece, 1837-1906, Despatches: July 1, 1890 - November 28, 1898 Transcribe this record.
  • Series: Card Index to U.S. Navy General Court Martial Files, Pl Transcribe this record.
  • M179 - Miscellaneous Letters of the Department of State, 1789-1906, January 3, 1806 - December 31, 1807 Transcribe this record.
  • Despatches from U.S. Ministers to the Italian States, 1832-1906, Italy: Apr. 15-Dec, 27, 1899 Transcribe this record.
  • U.S. v. Volney Davis Transcribe this record.
  • A Hopi (Moqui) petition signed by all the Chiefs and headmen of the tribe asking the Federal Government to give them title to their lands instead of individually allotting each tribal member. Transcribe this record.



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