Newspaper Indexer

Could you seek out stories from 100-year-old newspapers?

A wealth of stories about Surrey life in the Great War can be found in Surrey’s local and county newspapers for 1914-1922. We need volunteers to work through digital copies of these newspapers, extract such stories and record them in a spreadsheet.

Output: The list of stories that you uncover will be placed on the project website and form a resource for researchers and other interested parties to use. Interesting or unusual stories might be the subject of further research and/or used in the project’s talks and displays.

Location: Flexible. This task is ideal for those wishing to work from their own computers at home. It can also be carried out at Surrey History Centre, Woking, or at another local history centre.

About You
We hope that you will have –

•    Interest, enthusiasm and accuracy
•    Willingness to participate in volunteer training
•    Basic computer skills or willingness to learn these
•    Willingness to respect copyright restrictions


6 Responses to “Newspaper Indexer”

  1. Ernest Gray

    After doing some of the VAD project I’m keen to do something else. I was given this project and have looked at it as some of my ancestors lived in Middlesex and the surrounding area. I have been using the computer for 28 years concerning my job within the Council’s Social Work Dept. and the past ten at home. Since retiring five years ago I have been doing my family tree as well as my wife’s. It has been a really interesting and enthralling journey so far. I have thoroughly enjoyed the researching part of it. Even looking at the papers where I found out so much about my grandmother’s family and also my wife’s great grandfather’s too. I am willing to do as much as I can up here in Edinburgh. So this is a big restriction of attending anything down your way.

    Ernie Gray

    • Imogen Middleton, Surrey Heritage

      Hi Ernie
      Thanks for your enquiry about volunteering. Sounds like we could certainly make use your skills! One of the project team will be in touch shortly.

  2. victoria newing

    I am interested in volunteering as a newspaper indexer. I previously worked on the VAD project for ( Dr Hawkins) which I found very enjoyable and fascinating too. I live near Haslemere in Surrey, so have access to lots of resources.

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