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Tithe Applotment Books Transcription Project
Tithe Applotment Books
The Project Background
Clare County Library divided the parishes into manageable blocks. Volunteers were sought to transcribe copies of the original documents. Volunteers were asked to transcribe data in blocks of townlands and could select which lot of townlands they wished to transcribe. Within four months of the commencement of the project, all lots had been assigned to volunteers. Guidelines for volunteers were developed by the library, and by feedback from the earliest set of volunteers. Data returned by volunteers (in a variety of electronic formats) was checked, converted to HTML and posted on the Library’s website by Library staff. A record of the progress of the project was maintained on the website, and a chronological guide to posted parishes was also maintained. The final two parishes were uploaded on the 4th July 2005.
The response to the library's
call for volunteers was overwhelming, and extremely encouraging.
It showed what can be achieved in a short space of time by co-operation
between volunteers from all parts of the
globe, and a public institution such as Clare County Library. The
Tithe Applotment Books for County Clare would not now be available
online, free of charge, without this co-operation. It is indeed an
achievement to be proud of for all concerned. Clare County Library is
extremely grateful to all who volunteered to participate in this project.
Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir.