For those of you Hendee family researchers who live in the Hartford, Connecticut area, here is an interesting chance to make a real contribution to Hendee research plus find out more about your Hendee family's roots.
"There are roughly 606 individual documents in the Hendee Family Papers (Ms 69688), many of which are double-sided or contain multiple pages." - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, Connecticut
The person [people who volunteer to help on this project] would have to be able to efficiently decipher hand-writing and to follow a protocol. [They would NOT have to translate the actual documents from hand script to print, just scan them.] For instance, someone could identify all documents that are dated, are from, or reference happenings prior to 1780. Then scan these specific documents. Or, perhaps, more broadly, our assistant[s] could create an index of the entire file (document ID, document type, document date, # pages, brief summary).
Other volunteers will review the scans and transcribe them into MS WORD documents to be shared by all Hendee researchers free of charge. For typed and printed documents, we do have access to software that will directly convert the scanned images into MS WORD document files. The cost of having the Connecticut Historical Society do all this appears to be prohibitive.
If you are interested in helping or in receiving more information, please contact me. If you know someone, who does not use this mail-list, but who may like to participate and who lives within driving distance of the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford, please forward their email and/or postal address to me.
Thanks to Derek Stafford for this interesting suggestion - hope to hear that some of you who are in a position to help with some of the documents.