When transcribing anything, do not fix the errors.

Recently, I was reading a transcript of an obituary. There were “strange to the time period” abbreviations in the transcription, so I looked for and found the original. The original did not use the abbreviations. In fact, there were all sorts of possible spelling mistakes and run-on sentences in the original. However, the “transcription” did not contain the errors. For some reason, the transcriber had decided to fix the mistakes.

And, in fixing the mistakes, what seemed like spelling errors in the original were really the correct spellings!

So, please don’t fix.