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April 2014

Alison Cdave
Janet B
John P

Hello again,
  "Oh to be in England now that April's there". The daffs are over and the gardening is becoming more of a pleasure than a chore, and a bit of a distraction from transcribing. There's work to be done here, though...
   Last month we said we'd try to consolidate all the various reminders and bits of advice from "Checkers' Feedback" into one permanently available webpage. Even better is the official FreeCEN manual.  We used to send this out on the CDs with the images to transcribe, but the on-line version is always available. The "New!" link at the bottom of this page will take you there. It might be a good idea to bookmark the link in your browser, or copy the manual onto your own computer so you can check on most of the queries that crop up.  And of course your friendly neighbourhood Co-ordinators are always available to help and advise!
   FreeCEN isn't the only group working to support family researchers; many of us are members of the Sussex Family History Group (SFHG) as well. We were very pleased this month to be offered the complete transcription of the 1851 Census for Brighton, which they have been working on, to be combined with the FreeCEN transcriptions which we are doing. A good example of co-operation in providing material for free! Working out how best to combine the results of the two projects is taking a bit of time at the moment, but it should mean that more information becomes available sooner for the researchers we're aiming to help.
    If you are eagle-eyed you may have spotted the little bird (eagle, bird - get it?) at the top of the page.  We are experimenting with Twitter, partly to link up with other researchers and family history organisations (such as SFHG), and partly to gain a little more publicity for FreeCEN; it's all very well us working to get the information on line for free, but we still find family history folk who have never heard of FreeCEN, or who never think of using it. Let's make a bit more noise!
   All the best,

Simon and Chris

Progress Report
The 1891 Census for Sussex has been completed by another FreeCEN Team, and
the 1881 Census is already available without charge thanks to the LDS.  The Censuses for 1861 and 1871 were completed by this team. 

Census Year
Pieces in the Census
   21  (approx 100 sections)
Pieces on line
Population of Sussex on line
Pieces being transcribed
16 sections (17)
Pieces waiting to be checked
2 sections (3)
Pieces being checked
2 sections (3)
Pieces being validated or waiting to go on line
19 sections (18)
(Numbers in brackets are last month's figures)
  Latest National Update: 14th March.  25.7 million records now on line!

The Team
Eng In England
Simon and Chris,  Andrea, Marianne, Neal, Jan, Susan and June, all  in Sussex, Graham and Fiona in Berkshire, Barry in Buckinghamshire, Sue R* and Janet B  in Hampshire, Richard in Tyne & Wear, John P in Norfolk, Jean* in Surrey,  and Keith in Kent.
scot In Scotland
Janet M in Caithness
france In France
Vivienne in the Dordogne
In Australia
  Iris in WA, Alison C in NSW, Denis in Victoria
In the USA 
Karen in California,  Donna in Michigan
In Canada
Dave in BC,
sweden In Sweden
Lynne in Bullaren

* Inactive at present

Puzzles for the Postman
Last month's puzzle was
Full marks if you said "Thakeham"

Talking about Transcription
From one of our Newbies:
It was nerve-racking but I suppose I will get used to the writing and place names as I go on... It was very interesting, I hope everything is OK and I can continue transcribing for FreeCEN.                  [sw]

barryBarrySimon and Chris
Simon and Chris
...and who's next?