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Thank you for your interest in our Citizen Archivist program. I am so sorry to hear you had difficulty getting started transcribing records in the National Archives Catalog.
As a new citizen archivist, we recommend visiting our Resources page on our dashboard: https://www.archives.gov/citizen-archivist/resources
The Resources page contains step-by-step instructions, as well as video tutorials and guides to walk you through the process. You might also find our Getting Started videos helpful: https://www.archives.gov/citizen-archivist/resources#videos
As for how to tell if a page has already been transcribed, you can look for the little blue tag in the corner of the thumbnail image of the record. The thumbnails are located just below the main image viewer. This blue tag means there is a contribution on that page, which could be either a tag, a comment, or a transcription. You can skip to the pages without blue tags if you want to work on a fresh page.
In the example below, you can see that pages 27, 29, 30, and 33 already have transcriptions. Pages 28, 31, 32, and 34-39 have not yet been worked on:
I hope this is helpful. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at email@example.comThank you for your interest!MeredithCommunity Manager, National Archives Catalog