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"Bringing YOUR Ancestors to YOU, Free of Charge"
|FreeCEN is dedicated to transcribing
the Victorian Censuses of the UK
to make the records available on line without charge.
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If you've recently been to the FreeBMD search page you might have noticed the apology for any delays due to the transfer of the FreeBMD system to new servers. The same is happening to FreeCEN and that's why we in the Sussex team have several completed pieces waiting in the queue to be added to the database. It may be a little frustrating not to have our efforts available for researchers to use, but we hope the new system will be worth waiting for.
Our other piece of news this month concerns Sussex itself. We have run out of images to transcribe. The England coordinator who supplies us with the census pages has been in hospital this year, and is likely to be out of action for some time. We don't know if or when we shall have the images available for the western section of the county. We know that some of you have access to census images on your own account, through Ancestry, FMP or some other source, and in fact Graham has been working from his own set of CDs for a few months, but we are no longer able to send you new CDs or Dropbox files from FreeCEN.
This means there are some decisions to be made once you have finished the section you are currently working on:-
If you are checking we shall still have something to keep you busy for the foreseable future, but we may ask you to take a break occasionally. Expect to carry on as normal for the time being.
If you are transcribing there are some options to consider;
A If you have access to images through Ancestry etc we can ask you to transcribe certain sections and we can arrange for them to be checked and sent on in the usual way.
B You may like to transfer your skills and experience to another County in the FreeCEN project. If so we can put you in touch with the relevant coordinator, or you could reach them through the main FreeCEN website.
C You may wish to stay on "in reserve" and see if the remaining pieces become available at a later date.
D You may take this opportunity to call it a day and say Goodbye to FreeCEN altogether!
We ourselves will carry on coordinating the 1851 Sussex Census, and hope to see it completed eventually. The Newsletters will continue as well.
You don't have to decide straight away what you want to do, though it would be helpful to know your instant reaction especially if you are going for option A. If you could let us have a note of the Folio number that you have reached so far that would also help us to plan for this next stage of the process. In the meantime please do complete the section you have at the moment. "Keep Calm and Carry On", as they say!
Best wishes to you all,
Simon and Chris
Simon and Chris, Marianne, Neal*, Jan, Susan and June, all in Sussex, Graham in Berkshire, Barry in Buckinghamshire, Sue R* and Janet B in Hampshire, Richard in Tyne & Wear, John P in Norfolk, Jean* in Surrey, Fiona in Yorkshire, and Keith in Kent.
Janet M in Caithness
Vivienne in the Dordogne
Iris* in WA, Alison C in NSW, Denis in Victoria
In the USA
Karen in California, Donna in MichiganLynne in Bullaren
Dave in BC,
* Inactive at present
A Puzzle for the Postman
We think this one is quite easy:
could give the little grey cells something to work on.
Simon and Chris
...and who's next?