Jo Anne Fatherly

249R Powell Avenue

Newburgh, New York 12550

(845) 565-5922


indexing, proofreading, and transcription services.


I am an editor and a librarian, and in both roles I understand and appreciate the importance of a proper index. I have worked in type-related jobs for many years, as proofreader, typesetter, and copy editor. Not only do I maintain my own website for transcribed historical documents (see below) but as a volunteer I serve as webmaster for several organizations. Let me use these skills to help your publication be the best it can be.



Areas of Expertise




I worked in chess-related publications for nearly twenty years; most recently as Assistant Editor of Chess Life magazine, the publication of the U.S. Chess Federation, where maintaining the research library was one of my responsibilities. I began as an indexer by performing that task annually for the magazine.


Historical Document Transcriptions

Local History


I've transcribed several 200-year-old documents in the possession of the City of Newburgh, New York, indexed them, and coded them in HTML. They can be viewed at (follow the links to "Historic Documents.") More information on this project is available from the City Engineer's Office in Newburgh, In addition, I've indexed such documents transcribed by others. For these, go to or contact the New Windsor Town Historian at


Costume and Textile History


I hold a Master Craftsman certificate from the Embroiderer's Guild of America, of which I have been a member for 25 years.


Geography Herbalism Cookbooks




B.A. from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana (History & Geography)

M.L.S. from State University of New York at Albany

Certified New York State Public Librarian