back data entry


Why Document Transcription?

The conversion of consciously written historical information to communicate a message to posterity.

Image Retrieval have over many years successfully completed many data archiving conversion projects. Our handwritten back-data transcription service  delivers an efficient solution for archivists, records managers and collection holders who are considering the extraction or capture of handwritten data within their digital archive collections.

In many other instances, this data is held within the original document that is now timeworn, very frail, and delicate and possibly decaying. Handling delicate source records and the varying ages of handwriting styles and typed data make the conversion of image  capture and back-data entry into textual metadata a very specialised and technical task.


Image Retrieval Limited have the expertise, the quality, and a proven track record in handling valuable archive data projects together with over 25 years’ experience in digital document scanning and manual back-data entry.


This enables us to not only accurately process the data but also to output the electronic version in a wide variety of formats, creating a new dataset that can be tailored to the needs of our customers.

Manual Back-data Archiving from

  • Baptism Records

  • Marriage

  • Death Records

  • Burial Records

  • Genealogical Information

  • Parish

  • Registers

  • Wills

  • Ledgers

  • Manuscripts.


Electronically Back-data Archiving from

  • Poll Book
  • Admission
  • Discharge Registers
  • Manuscripts
  • Planning Applications
  • Ledgers
  • Maps
  • Images

Optical Character Recognition

Handwritten Text Recognition

Text from


Bar Code Recognition

Etymology  |  History  |  Users and institutions  |  Academic  |  Business  |  Non-Profit  |  Government  |  Religious 

Now that you know the benefits are too good to ignore, why hesitate  any longer?

Please contact us for more information