Welcome to the Transcribimus Homepage. Transcribimus is a network of volunteer transcribers who take hand written documents of our early Vancouver history and transcribe them into a searchable state available for free to the general public and researchers.
This entire initiative would not be possible without our volunteer transcribers and our sponsors who are also critical to the success of the project. We thank them!


We have published so many new sets of minutes recently – click here to check them out


We are so pleased to have been featured in the following media:

We hope you will enjoy exploring your history through our website. There is so much more to do. We hope to expand our service to other handwritten documents of our history.


Perhaps you might consider becoming a volunteer yourself. Together our remarkable volunteers have contributed 335 transcriptions of early Vancouver City Council minutes, as follows:

Master Scribes (more than 50 sets of minutes):
Darrin Pezer/Proactive Building Maintenance (59)
Gerald Soon (69) achieved Master Scribe rank December 2019
Anonymous (55)

Journeyman Scribes (25-50 sets of minutes):
Chris Stephenson, MLIS (45)
Donna Kynaston (26)
Krystyna Richards (27) achieved Journeyman Scribe status December 2019
Joanne McCormick (28) achieved Journeyman Scribe status September 2020

Working Scribes (5-24 sets of minutes):
Krystyna Richards (15)
Martha Hazevoet (12)
L. Ellema (10)
Christine Cathcart (7)
David Laing (5)
Linda Evans (9)
Leah Minuk (8)
Cathy Harmer (5) achieved Working Scribe status Oct. 26, 2020
Susan Willows (5)
Chris Mizzoni (5) of Nitzy’s Hockey Den
YVR Mike (5) new transcriber as of July 2020

Apprentice Scribes (1-4 sets of minutes):
Rachel Tsui (4) new transcriber as of June 2020
Bronwen Cripps (4)
Judy Lam Maxwell (4) of Historical Chinatown Tours
Leesa Poffenroth (4)
Sue Bryant (3)
Mary-Ann Capistrano (4)
Sharon Mowat (3) new transcriber as of December 2019
Alan Hart (2)
Gent Ng (2)
Jenn Ashton (1) Jenn’s website
Brenda Chapman (2)
John Belshaw (1) https://www.vancouver-historical-society.ca/
Jordan Cripps (1)
Siobhan Devlin (1)
Anita Dos Santos (2)
Karen Gillespie (1)
Alannah Hall (1)
Devon Harlos (1)
Glen Hodges (1) manager of Mountain View Cemetery
Tegbir Kaur (1)
Sara Keay (1)
Maria Klukova (1)
Andrew S. Liebman (1)
Andrea Mitchell (1)
Mary Eleanor Norris (1)
Michelle C (1) new transcriber as of June 2020