There is a big crowd-sourcing project underway to assist with preserving the names of local towns, villages, estates, farms and streets of 1900 Scotland. And best of all, it is incredibly easy to use. Here's a walk through:
Warning: this project can be highly addictive!
Click on: http://gb1900.org/
Scroll down the page and click on "Sign Up"
Fill in your email address, create a password, fill in your name and you are ready to go.
Return to the home page
Read through the tutorial. It is not lengthy and is really easy to follow.
Return to the home page. Scroll to the bottom and enter the area of Scotland where your ancestors lived. Even if they didn't live there in 1900.
Wait for the map to load
Click transcribe at the top of the page.
Click on any word on the map. Then in the pop up box, type the word that is visible on the map. The transcription program is case sensitive, so pay attention. Then click "done" You will see a brown location balloon appear.
If you see a green location balloon on the map, it means someone has already transcribed the word and that transcription needs verification. If you click on that green balloon and then type in what you see, the program will check to ensure your typing matches the other person's typing, and the green balloon will then turn purple.
Purple balloons mean that the word on the map has been transcribed AND verified. The transcription is complete.
If your area is all completed, find a new area to transcribe.
Well, what are you waiting for? Enjoy your new black hole of genealogy fun!