Those who are remotely competent at the keyboard may be interested in helping out the Society of Genealogists, which has recently gone automated and moved into the 20th century.
The dusty chronicles of 1066 and all that, the crumbling pages of previous eras and illegible hand of past clerks will all be transformed into characters on screen. The society proposes to build up complete lists of countries, counties, parishes and registration districts, thus sparing the would-be genealogist days, if not months, of scooting round Britain.
But the retrospective cataloguing of thousands of details will take more than a bit - or even a byte - of time to input, so the society has put out a call for volunteers to assist with the work. Now, it seems, is the time for all good men to come to the aid of history.