1. What is Peannairi?

Peannairi is Gaelic for “penmen” or “scribes”.

Peannairi.com is a website dedicated to engaging the public in transcribing and sharing the untold stories of early settlers in Upper Canada. The Editor of Peannairi is Paul Allen.

Our primary source materials are manuscripts from the early nineteenth century – most were written by Canadian officials, though others were written in Britain, Scotland or Ireland. These manuscripts have not appeared in print before – certainly not in their entirety.

Peannairi.com is powered by Wordpress and Scripto.

2. What is Scripto?

Scripto is a free, open source tool that supports the collaborative transcription of manuscripts and multimedia files.

3. Do I need an account to browse Peannairi?

No – you may browse the text-images and current transcriptions on Peannairi; however, if you wish to assist with one of our projects, you will need to create a transcriber account – it’s free! Contact us and we will set up your account – within 24 hours.

4. How do I login to my account?

Click on “Transcriber” in the Header to login with your username and password.

5. How do I begin to transcribe?

After you login to your transcriber account, click on “Projects” in the Header and “Join” the project of interest. When you “Join” the Survey of Irish Settlers, you are taken to the Index page which contains an alphabetical listing of the settlers’ responses – starting like this:

Say you choose “Ahern, John” — you are then taken to the transcription page for the image of John Ahern’s response to the survey. The transcription page consists of 3 main parts stacked from top to bottom:

Image Viewer

which allows you to increase or decrease the size of the image using the + and – buttons in the lower right-hand corner (note that double-clicking on the image => maximum magnification) and you may use the mouse to drag the image.

Work Area

is where you provide your transcription of the image. Note for the Survey of the Irish Settlers that the Work Area already includes a transcription of the Questions — please begin your transcription of the Settler’s response to a particular question after the “>”. When you have completed your part of the transcription, press the “Save transcription” button. You may return later to continue your transcription — or start on another image — or continue a transcription started by another transcriber!

Immediately below the “Save transcription” button you will see a link to discuss page: here you may post comments or questions about the image, or any information about the settler — these comments will help other volunteers with the challenge of transcribing these manuscripts and will enrich our community’s understanding of the Settlers.

The view history link allows you to back track through any prior transcriptions of the image by you or other volunteers. This feature will allow us to “undo” the inevitable errors of our ways and start a transcription over, not from scratch, but from a happier point!

The view document link returns you to the Index page of Images.

Current Transcription

shows the most recent transcription of the image.

The Editor will review the transcriptions regularly, and will put a Hold on further transcriptions of this image when the work is done.

6. Are there guidelines for transcribing text on Peannairi?

Yes – our Guidelines for Transcription are meant to promote consistency in the treatment of common characteristics of hand-writtten manuscripts from the nineteenth century.

7. What happens when a project is completed?

Peannairi will dedicate the transcriptions from any of its completed projects to the worldwide public domain. This means the transcriptions from any Peannairi project will be made available to the public free of charge.
Public Domain Mark

This work (Survey of Irish Settlers in Upper Canada – 1828, by Paul Allen and volunteers of Peannairi.com) is free of known copyright restrictions.


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