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Transcription Services Ltd
Transcription Services Limited UK
what clients say about our service
  click here to read Sarah Laskow's article in Atlas Obscura 2018
"Where Old, Unreadable Documents go to be Understood:
a transcriber on the Isle of Man can decipher almost anything"

  click here to read James Shackell's article in Smith Journal 2018
"The Reader of Unreadable Things"


"I am pleased with the result, it is plain that a great deal of time and effort (and skill of course) has gone into this."
Graham Cooper
UK 2018

"I have received your transcription. Thank you so much, it is greatly appreciated. You have done a remarkable job. This will be of great assistance with my further research of the family tree"
Eyndall Donaldson, Port Stephens,
New South Wales, Australia 2018

"I am thrilled with your prompt service and will be pleased to use you again"
Elizabeth Kirtland
London, UK 2018

"Thanks for the transcription and translation, it was money well spent. I was losing my mind trying to decipher this writing and understand the archaic French. I may have need of your services again when I return to researching my German ancestors."
Stephen Laurette
New York State, USA 2018

"Thanks for processing the latin translation so promptly and thoroughly. It makes fascinating reading. Happy to recommend you to anyone."
John Scotford
Somerset, UK 2018

"Thank you for absolutely amazing work. I would like to recommend your services to colleagues who encounter similar challenges with old documents."
Peter Harmsen
University of Copenhagen, Denmark 2018

"Thank you very much indeed for a prompt and fascinating translation which brings this document to life. It is an excellent piece of work and I am very grateful."

William Slinger
Lancashire, UK 2018

"I am very happy with the transcripts. They provide me with avenues for further research that I was not aware of."
Jay Kemp
Colorado, USA 2018

"Thank you very much for a doing such a good job with the transcription, so promptly delivered as well."
Helen Banham
Hampshire, UK 2018

"My thanks to you and your colleague Kristina for the excellent help. I am very grateful for this and shall recommend TSL to all who will hear."
Frank Macrander
Netherlands 2018

"Great job at a reasonable cost, many thanks!"
Carl Jacobs
Wiltshire, UK 2018

"This is fantastic! We have had these French documents for over 10 years and have asked numerous people look at them, thinking they could translate them. Some were able to pick out a few words but we were never able to understand them fully. The translations you provided are tremendous."
Don Irving
Florida, USA 2017

"Thanks again to you and your colleagues for your help, patience and skill with the translations."
Charles Dendy
Dorset, UK 2017

"Lars did a fantastic job with both introduction and translations (from French, Latin, Dutch) of our family ancestry documents!!!!  My father, who is 81 years old, will be so excited to read these."
Kate Versluis
Texas, USA 2017

"Thank you for a fast and excellent job, very much appreciated. I will tell people I know about your service."
Stefan Seymour-Wright
Hertfordshire, UK 2017

"... we can now see how some of the wording is constructed.  As amateurs we certainly wouldn’t have been able to get it as completely as you have, so many thanks indeed."
Peter Sibley
 West Sussex, UK 2017

"Excellent, this is most helpful. I could only interpret a small fraction of this document myself. It throws new light on my ancestor and his descendants. If I need future transcripts shall certainly use your services."
Robert Bowles
Switzerland 2017

"Very happy with the quality of your work; as a result I've even learnt words I never knew existed!"
client in London, UK 2017

"Thank you very much for the transcription & translation of my 15th century latin Will.  I have paid the invoice, money well spent.  What your service has provided is better than I could have hoped for and the translator's notes add an extra dimension of interest."
Catherine Ott
New Jersey, USA 2017

"Very nice work. I can figure out a lot of old writing but this was way, way out of my league. I had expected that you might respond by saying some of it was unreadable but I have to say I was really blown away by the result. I would refer anyone needing a transcription to you in a split second."
Sharon Hassall
Churchville, New York, USA 2017

"A complete transcript with all scribal abbreviation marks helpfully expanded. Thank you for taking such care."
Patrick Mansell
Wiltshire, UK 2017

"This is fantastic, thanks so much. I'm very pleased with your translation of the old french Will. All the names that I expected are in here, this is definitive evidence for some relationships I was hoping to prove."
Joseph Chastain
Pennsylvania, USA 2016

"Thank you, I am very pleased with this. I had previously approached two other transcription services and been turned down because the handwriting was 'illegible'."

Laura Lee
Missouri, USA 2016
"Thank you. I am pleased with the excellent work you did for me and think your prices very fair."
Barry Hetherington
New South Wales, Australia 2016

"Thank you so much for your work and professionalism. The result was definitely worth it and answered many questions I had about my grandfather. Feel free to use me as a reference, you are great to deal with."
Mike Cuomo
New York State, USA 2016

"Transcription Services Ltd has done an excellent job translating two medieval latin documents. One of them required transcription with abbreviations expanded and, despite having a good pass in 'O' level latin, there is no way that on my own I could have understood this document, which gives such a fascinating picture of life in my village 500 years ago. Thank you."
Mike Greig
Oxfordshire, UK 2016

"Many thanks for the excellent and interesting transcription. A very speedy service, no sooner said than done !"
Dorothy Harrison
Staffordshire, UK 2016

"I am extremely pleased with your recent transcription of the Will of Thomas Payne. I especially appreciate the explanations of terms used and the photograph of a still-standing house once owned by my ancestors. I am very glad to have found your service and am happy to recommend it to others."
Linda Stedjee
California, USA 2015

"Thank you for the excellent transcription. It was laid out much better than I expected and filled in all the gaps for me."
Ann Laver
UK 2015
"The transcripts are excellent and just what I was looking for. I certainly couldn't have read the contents by myself."
W. Lester
Ontario, Canada 2015

"The Will was much as expected but I see mention of a few people that raise my eyebrows, as previously I could find no connection; it is exciting for me to finally establish these links. Well done. I shall certainly use your services again."
D. Birkin
Kent, UK 2015

"I am very happy with the hard work and effort that went into transcribing the Alexander Stephens Civil War Papers. His handwriting is extremely challenging to read and I am impressed with TSL's transcribing skills, courteous service, and quick turnaround. I most certainly could not have successfully done it myself, and I look forward to doing business with Transcription Services Ltd again."
Shawn Devaney
Texas Christian University,
Fort Worth, Texas, USA 2015

"I can't tell you how pleased I am with the latin translation. Thank you so much."
Ron Townsend
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 2015

"A fantastic result. 
I will definitely know where to come next time."
John E. Dennett
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 2015

"Thank you for the excellent transcription, your careful and insightful work is much appreciated. I will be recommending your services to friends and contacts engaged in family history research."
Ray Hemmings
Kennesaw, Georgia, USA 2015

"I have gone through the transcriptions in detail. I can now see at first hand that you have done a very good job on these documents and greatly assisted my project. Using your work I have been able to piece together parts of the history of the firm as revealed by these accounts." 
Prof. Steve Toms
University of Leeds, UK 2014

"What a fantastic job you have done! It looks excellent, I am thrilled to read it all."
Carol Foox
California, USA 2014

"Thank you for the marvelous job you did with the John Blake Will. I have managed to read Wills of a similar vintage before, but this one was beyond me. When I read your transcription alongside the original it all becomes clear, but I could not have done it without your help."
Alan Must
Bedfordshire, UK 2014

 "Thank you for a prompt, comprehensive, comprehensible and very well presented transcript. I particularly appreciate the elucidation of obscure terms."
Frank Wintle
London, UK 2014

"I have been more than satisfied by your transcriptions of the journals. These have been done with great accuracy & care and the formatting of pages that you've used has made their use, as a substitute for the original, even greater. A pleasant surprise was your editorial team's inclusion of footnotes, not only to clarify eccentric spelling but occasionally to identify texts being discussed by the author. Good work all around - thanks to you all."
Stephen Symchych
Massachusetts, USA 2014

"I received the translated document and am very impressed and pleased with the excellent result."
Ken Rolston
Hampshire, UK 2014

"I have received the Charles V french transcription / translation, it is better than I could have hoped for, am absolutely delighted. I appreciate your time and effort and look forward to working with you again in the future."
Andrew Freeman
Queensland, Australia 2014

"Many thanks for the Manx Manorial Roll transcripts, I was amazed at how quickly you managed to interpret them. Also the background information is really appreciated."
Norman Harrison
Oxfordshire, UK 2014

"Thank you so much for such prompt service! The transcription looks great and I am impressed with the layout and additional notes."
Stephen Basterfield,
West Midlands, UK 2014

"I am delighted with both latin and english paragraphs and impressed that it was done so professionally, so quickly. If you need a recommendation, I would be happy to provide."
Katharine E. Harbury

Many, many thanks for a most informative inventory transcription, efficiently undertaken. I am thrilled with the result. Now I have to determine why such items were so valued at the time, this having provided me with many leads to follow, I spent the day unraveling life in the 17th century, learning interesting things about stone masons, that cows were called kine, what frestone is, etc, but I am damned if I can understand why one would have a chaine, a barrill and a wheele with the beds in the chamber!
I am a very satisfied customer and will have no hesitation contacting you again when faced with another transcription, or recommending you to others in the same predicament.  
Denise Moore
Perth, Western Australia 2014

"I have just now read and printed your scots document transcription, many thanks for bringing this to life for me, at last I understand what it is about. All the best to you."
Glen Weston
Hertfordshire, UK 2014

"Thank you so much. I was thinking Servant was possibly Esquire but I just couldn't figure it out! I had figured out Sawyer right after I sent it so feels good to have that confirmed. I have added a link to your website on my website."
Suzanne St.John
Idaho, USA 2013

"I am very happy with the professional quality of the work and would be pleased to recommend you to others".
Martin Collinge
Devon, UK 2013

"I am impressed with you adding present-day place names, with the whole transcription, so am pleased to recommend you."
Jackie Marriott
Northamptonshire, UK 2013

"Although I have myself transcribed many Wills and other documents, including Manor Court Rolls, some, especially those going back this far, I find difficult. Your transcriptions are done properly and contain helpful additional information, I am happy to pay for your excellent service."
Jackie Marriott 2015

"I obtained a quote from another transcriber, he is OK but not as accurate as your chap. Cheaper yes, but I have now had the two works checked by an independent man at Oxford University who advises that, while both are close, yours is very accurate. Accuracy means everything to me in a latin transcription as I have tripped up before due to the odd word being incorrect."
Julian Rogers
Gloucestershire, UK 2013

"Thanks so much for your work and for your research. I am in the process of writing a book about my ancestors, that is why I am having to translate so many documents. I am almost through with my manuscript, your french and spanish translation has helped a lot."
Linda Manuel
Ohio, USA 2013

"Thank you for your prompt and efficient transcription of the Will. I shall certainly use your service again."
Glynn Read
Cambridgeshire, UK 2013

"I am very pleased with the result. I had a couple of Wills transcribed by someone else about five years ago and I have to say that your result is so much more professional. I will definitely use you in the future for additional transcriptions. Thank you for the professionalism and expediency of your work. Aloha from Honolulu!"
Jeffery C. Van Ness
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA 2013

"Thank you very much for the prompt and excellent transcription."
Ken Wylie
New Zealand 2013

"Thank you for excellent work. Future generations will look at the originals and wonder how you were able to transcribe and translate the material so well."
Dave Palmer
Seattle, Washington, USA 2013

"That's marvellous, thanks so much, and in plenty of time to gift it as a birthday present. I have paid your PayPal invoice. I will definitely use you again if I need further documents transcribing and will recommend you to friends."
Claire Knight
Hertfordshire, UK 2013

"I have depended on the speed and skill of TSL many times for transcriptions and translations of documents. Some of these have been faded or otherwise in poor condition. TSL has excelled at resurrecting texts, providing ultraviolet photographs when necessary. I am very confident of TSL's professional judgment and their high level of skill. I recommend them unreservedly."
Dr Cliff Chancey
Department Head
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA 2012
"Please thank Kristina for again wading through the legal jargon of another latin writ and inquisition. I've read so many of her excellent translations that it all seems perfectly clear by now."
Dr Cliff Chancey 2013

"I am indeed very pleased with the service, and particularly with how quickly you were able to turn around the transcription. I will definitely be sending more documents your way, and would not hesitate to recommend Transcription Services Ltd to others."
client in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 2012
"Thank you very much for the proofreading, I am pleased with the work you have done. I shall suggest my friends contact you when they need to proofread their essays or dissertation."
Punpong Joh Asavachaisophon
MSc Business Management
Thailand 2012

"Your service has been wonderful - friendly, accurate and remarkably fast. I shall have no hesitation in contacting you again for transcription of old documents and will be recommending your skills to others. Very valuable!
The transcript has not only thrown light on the parts of the Will we could not previously decipher but has given us, in all likelihood, the actual place of origin of our ancestor, which was many miles distant from where we had expected to find him and would never have thought to look. Other records for this area reveal the possibility of the correct family for at least another two generations. Very best wishes and grateful thanks."
Jane Burns
New Zealand 2012

"I am a keen amateur genealogist but struggle to decipher old handwriting. Thanks to Transcription Services Ltd that is no longer a problem. The company provides a prompt, fairly priced and completely professional service. It has been a real find."
Helen Kay
UK 2012
"Thanks again for all your help. I would never be able to make head or tail of these documents myself - but I do believe in proper research, not the half-baked stuff you so often see on the Internet. So, you see, your help is invaluable."
Helen Kay
UK 2013
"Thank you for the latin document translation, it is marvellous that you were able to read it."
Margaret Jennings
New Zealand 2012
"I first used TSL in January 2011 for a transcription of an Inquisition Post Mortem. In retirement I am addicted to researching my 16th Century home and the various people connected with it, either as occupiers or landlords, and have successfully traced them from the mid 1500s to today. Much of the data has come from Wills, IPMs, Indentures and Chancery Court cases. I was lucky enough to have many of the early 18th century documents in my possession, while others are from the National Archives and local Record Offices.
TSL have given me advice as well as a very efficient service, transcribing approaching 50 latin and early english documents. For anyone looking for a professional and comprehensive service I can recommend them with confidence."
David Maunder
Devon, UK 2012
"Thank you for your hard work, prompt and friendly service. The transcriptions make fascinating reading and there looks to be a lot of interesting information for my family history research. I've no doubt there will be Wills from other branches and I shall have no hesitation in asking you to transcribe them for me."
Robin Fairfield
East Sussex, UK 2012
"We are delighted with the colour photograph restoration, thank you so much."
Prof. Robert Daniel Blisworth,
Northamptonshire, UK 2012
"...just to let you know that the 1642 Will you transcribed has shot down findings of some other researchers whom I challenged a while ago. Said researchers discarded my alternative suggestions out of hand, now they have egg on their faces, not that I shall crow about it...... much!"
Chris Mallinson
Yorkshire, UK 2012
"This Massachusetts quitclaim transcription is a fine job, as usual, from a rather difficult piece... thank you so much for your speed and accuracy... this document has provided me with new pieces of information about my ancestor and considerably furthered my research."
Charles Labarge
Ontario, Canada 2012

"Thank you for the speedy transcription service. I don't know how you do it, to me the writing looked like greek, not english. I may have more in the future."
Kim Dupell
"Fantastic job"
Julie Johnston, New Zealand 2012

"While conducting research into the dissolution of Burton Abbey in Staffordshire I found the Will of the last abbot. To me this document was indecipherable, but thanks to TSL I have a completely readable and fascinating translation."
Bob Bibby
UK 2012
"Many thanks for an exceptionally efficient and responsive business transcription service."
Dr Bill Whitmore
Project Technical Director, Systra SA
France (international rail transport engineering) 2012
"Thank you very much for your prompt attention to our request for a legal transcript."
M & P Legal
Isle of Man 2012
"The folks at Transcription Services Ltd assert they are good at what they do, and they are exactly right. To their excellent transcription of a 1683 Estate Inventory from Virginia, footnotes were added to explain some of the antiquated terms within the document. I am very pleased with the service and have asked for their help with another document."
Dr Royce Shingleton
Professor of History (retired)
Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA 2011

"You provide a great service. Thank you for the typed transcription, it was an amazingly fast turnaround and the quality is excellent. I shall definitely be using your services again."
Barbara Jefferson Christie
Writer, Genealogist & Family Historian
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 2011
"Thank you for this useful work. I had hoped the accounts would specify extant parts of the building that were repaired rather than mostly day-rates and materials, but even these tell us about post Dissolution activity on site that is only inferable from other sources."
David Baker
Historic Environment Conservation
Magdalen College, University of Oxford, UK 2011


"Thank you for your honest approach to this work. I don't believe this latin Translation would provide any connection with my family, it appears to relate to other individuals, so I shall not proceed with it."
Leslie Norris
Middlesbrough, Cleveland, UK 2011

"This is an excellent transcription. I'm thoroughly amazed it came out so well, considering the poor handwriting of this Will and that rules for english spelling, punctuation and grammatical sentence construction were still in their infancy."
Col. William D. Renner Sr
Florida, USA 2011

"Thanks so much for the transcription, I didn't expect you would get it done so quickly, a lovely surprise."
Lisa Thackwell
Dorset, UK 2011

"How you are able to achieve such a clear and accurate transcription is as puzzling to me as the original wording! I have enjoyed reading the letter, which is interesting in its own right. Thank you also for providing additional information about Sir James Hales and an on-line source for that family. I'll definitely use your services again when we have need of another transcription."
Howard Bowron
UK 2011

"I am thrilled to bits with the work you and your colleague have done on the Will, it was worth the wait. How exciting that it should be the earliest Will in english you have worked on. He seems very concerned with the welfare of his soul - if I visit the church in London and they are not holding memorial masses for him, can I sue? I have some more recent Wills which I cannot fully translate so will be happy to send them your way. Many, many thanks."
Heather Burt
Oxfordshire, UK 2011

"This is really great work"
Paul Dodford
UK 2011

"Thank you for a wonderful job on the latin Court Roll of 1444. I am amazed at the level of professional skill you are able to offer. Please pass along my appreciation and deep respect for that work. This helps me greatly."
Bruce Barrett
Texas, USA 2011

"My research came on in leaps and bounds after having parts of a medieval french manuscript transcribed and translated by TSL. Puzzles were answered and new information came to light, all because their expert looked at it with a fresh eye and wrote EXACTLY what was there. It goes to show that you can't always rely on even the best old academic writings about a manuscript. I continue to be in awe of what TSL can achieve."
Jean Brittain, Ayrshire, UK 2010
"A wee note to let you know my e-book Hugh Kennedy of Ardstinchar - Joan of Arc's Scottish Captain is available from today on Amazon Kindle Store. Thanks so very much again to you and your colleagues for all your help. Transcription Services Ltd is in the acknowledgements, well deserved."
Jean Brittain 2012
"I have added a link to Transcription Services Ltd in my Facebook post about the site of Blackfriars Monastery having been recently found in Edinburgh. Thanks again for finding that the location of the 1435 meeting between France and Scotland was lhostel des freres Jacopins (the Blackfriars Monastery) and not Greyfriars as all the books say."
Jean Brittain 2013

"Thanks for such a great service. You have added to my understanding of these documents and given me a clearer picture of my ancestors and the times they lived in. There is a good chance I will be in touch again over the coming weeks, when I've had a chance to digest other documents currently on the go."
 Paul Langley
Essex, UK 2010

"TSL has been a great aid to my genealogical research. They transcribed a number of 16th and early 17th century documents, clarifying not only the obscure handwriting of the era but also abbreviations, terminology, and context. Where relevant, they have also translated latin passages. It is a swift, friendly, helpful, efficient, and reasonably priced service and I recommend their enthusiastic work without hesitation."
T. Claydon
Bath, UK 2010

"Thanks again for the french translation. Knowing that I can turn to you for help is wonderful. As I said before, I was feeling overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of material. There is no-one in our family who can translate to that level and what takes you days would take me months."
Gill Alleeson
UK 2010

"Thank you for prompt & friendly communication and service. Having now transcribed three of my ancestors’ Wills you have made the history and relationships of the family much clearer. Your work has enriched my family research as previously I could decipher only a few words. I hope to find more documents for you in the future."
Elizabeth Rowntree
Upper Hutt, New Zealand 2010

"It looks to be excellent and I am very much looking forward to comparing it to my own amateurish attempt, in the hope of improving my skills. I shall certainly be using your services in the future, and recommending TSL. I'll put a link to you on my website."
Mark Allen
UK 2010

"Many thanks for a very quick turn-around on the Wills and for the excellent service."
Jim Tapp
UK 2010

"Thank you! I will definitely keep you in mind for future projects"
Chancy Chipman
USA 2010

"Thank you for the transcription, you have done a wonderful job. We could barely make out a handful of names or places but now this opens new lines of research for us. If we have any more documents that need transcribing I will definitely be in touch, and I thoroughly recommend your service to others. Once again, thank you for an excellent service."
Alan Paul
Glasgow, UK 2009

"I am very pleased with the skilled, timely, and courteous service received from TSL."
Dr Theodore E. Stebbins Jr
Curator of American Art
University of Harvard, Cambridge
Massachusetts, USA 2009

"I am really pleased with the transcription - the attention to detail is excellent, especially the way you have expanded abbreviations where appropriate. Thanks for a professional service and job well done. I will certainly use your services again as the need arises."
Nick Moore
Cumbria, UK 2009

"A very prompt and professional transcription service. Being able to read my ancestor's Will has been a massive help in tracing my family tree and establishing previously unknown relations. A service I would recommend to any genealogist struggling with old handwriting."
David Parsons
UK 2008

"TSL was of immense help in transcribing difficult Wills from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the wealth of detail revealed about the relationships, possessions and beliefs of these families being far beyond my initial hopes. I won't hesitate to use you again or to recommend your services."
Natalia A. McKenzie
New Zealand 2008

"Thanks Linda, great job, I would never have been able to do this myself. Thank you for your swift and professional service. I most certainly recommend your services, and should I need further work done will definitely be in contact with you."
Karen Hadley
Unterseen, Switzerland 2008

"TSL transcribed for me twenty documents, the earliest dated 1498, many in difficult-to-read handwriting or poor condition. I have confidence in their service and recommend them."
regular client in Gloucestershire, UK 2008






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