Since moving to Ripon a few months ago, I’ve been looking for opportunities to volunteer my time. Sometimes opportunity can show up in the most unlikely of places. During the annual Dickens of a Christmas early in December, my family and I visited the Ripon Historical Society where I met its president, Bill Woolley. I asked Bill if there was a chance the society was looking for volunteers and he put me in touch with his wife Jean.
Yesterday I met with Jean and am excited to say that I’ll be transcribing the obituaries from the Ripon Commonwealth Press and the Oshkosh Northwestern into the Ripon Library online database, administered through the Winnefox Library System.
It may not exactly be providing life-changing assistance to those in need, but I’m sure somewhere down the line there will be genealogists who will appreciate my efforts.