Original historical documents are becoming easier and easier to access. As more and more libraries and archives are scanning their collections and putting them on their website, researchers can do their studying from the comfort of their computers at home.
There is nothing like transcribing a hand-written document to learn what an individual had to say about what was happening at the time of a historic event. Even retyping the words of a newspaper or proofing the scanned image of a typescript can be of use to a historical researcher. As I collected material for my books on Soapy Smith and saloons, prostitutes and temperance, as well as my up-coming biography on Si Tanner, I realized that I should make previously unreachable resources available to other researchers. With a little extra effort, I could put what I've transcribed on my website for others to use.
I will be adding to these transcriptions and research tools as I continue my Skagway research. Please let me know what you think.