Back to the Future

In 1977 a group of DGS volunteers microfilmed documents fromĀ 3,100 Dallas County probate cases filed between 1846 and the early 1900’s. The resulting 35 reels of film have been available to patrons of the Dallas Public Library since that time.

In 2013, the University of North Texas solicited proposals for a series of mini-grants (up to $1000 each) focused on digitizing materials and making them available on the Portal to Texas History web site. The DGS proposal to digitize the probate record microfilms was accepted.

The films are now being digitized, but there is still one more step that needs to be performed, and you can help! There is a 60 page index to the records that needs to be transcribed… this information is required to make the metadata associated with each set of images as meaningful as possible.

Our webmaster has set up a simple process utilizing spreadsheets. There are only 54 names on each page: most people should be able to complete a page in 30 minutes or less.

Find out how you can get involved!

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