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!


May 2020: We are trying out a new system for interested people to transcribe online
Transcribe the minutes from September 4 1894 hereTranscribe some early Vancouver City Council minutes online

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Our first set of minutes May 1, 1893 has been transcribed by OnThePage volunteers!

We have finished transcribing all the minutes for 1893!  We are currently working on September – December 1894.

Or browse through our recently transcribed minutes, by-laws and more from early Vancouver

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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.

Volunteer Transcribers

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 (58)
Gerald Soon (60) achieved Master Scribe rank December 2019
Anonymous (54)

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

Working Scribes (5-24 sets of minutes):
Krystyna Richards (15)
Martha Hazevoet (12)
L. Ellema (10)
Joanne McCormick (13) new transcriber as of November 2019, achieved Working Scribe status January 2020
Christine Cathcart (7)
David Laing (5)
Linda Evans (9)
Leah Minuk (8)
Susan Willows (5)
Chris Mizzoni (5) of Nitzy’s Hockey Den

Apprentice Scribes (1-4 sets of minutes):
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)
Jordan Cripps (1)
Siobhan Devlin (1)
Anita Dos Santos (2)
Karen Gillespie (1)
Alannah Hall (1)
Devon Harlos (1)
Cathy Harmer (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)