Transcription Challenge

Welcome to Transcription Challenge!


Occasionally, we encounter some handwriting that leaves us stumped. Here, you can help us decipher some of this curlicue cursive and scratchy scrawl so that our databases are as accurate as possible! Our current challenges are boxed in red in the images below.


  • To enlarge the challenge, simply move the cursor over the image and it will be magnified.
  • Use the comment field at the bottom of the screen to offer your transcription suggestions.
  • If there are multiple challenges listed, please include the image number.
  • If there are multiple red boxes within an image, please label your suggestions a, b, c, etc., from top to bottom/left to right.


Comments will be approved between the hours of 9am-5pm EST and new challenges will be posted as soon as we find them!


Page 283 of Immaculate Conception (Salem) Baptisms, 1840-1854 shows the baptismal record for John Henry Whortey/Wheartey. We are looking for the surname of the sponsor, Margaret, boxed in red.


Page 15 of St. Mary (Charlestown) Marriages 1830-1868. We are looking for the surname of the witness, Mary Ann, boxed in red.


Page 215 of St. Colombkille (Brighton) Baptisms, 1857-1881. We are looking for the surname of the sponsor, Maria, boxed in red.