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A Very Happy Christmas To You All
We have a double celebration this month. It's Christmas! and we wish you a very happy time with friends and family, a break from transcribing, and health and happiness in 2014. The other cause for celebration is the Christmas present we've been able to give to the Family History community around the world with the whole of the 1871 Census now on line. The last piece, 1034 (Bexhill) was sent off on the 20th November, just in time for the updating of the database on 22nd. Once again, a huge THANKYOU to the whole team for getting the job done. The first 1871 transcription was started in September 2009, so it's been a four-year project. Whether you were in on it at the start (or even earlier working on the 1861), or whether you've joined the team since then, congratulations on a job well done.
Also this month we have trebled the amount on line of the 1851 Census, with two more complete pieces finished. 1637 (Eastbourne and surrounds) was a joint effort from four transcribers and two checkers. If you were one of them, well done! As you know, we have been splitting up the 1851 pieces as they are far larger than those we've worked on before, but 1655 (Westdean, Westbourne etc), was taken on as a complete piece by one transcriber, unfazed by having nearly 7000 entries to work through, so special thanks for that one, Graham.
On a wider theme, we heard this week that FreeGENUK (that's the umbrella name for FreeCEN, FreeBMD and FreeREG) has a new Executive Director, Darren Wright. We welcome him to the team and look forward to a New Year with maybe some changes to come in the FreeCEN world.
Best wishes to you all,
Simon and ChrisPS Please make sure you have made a note of our new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Does that say BARKER or BASSETT?
For those of you who've ever wondered what the Coordinator's job involves we include this
picture of Stanley, our daughter's dog, giving Chris a helping paw while she works
on a particularly tricky piece of validation...
Simon and Chris, Andrea, Marianne, Neal, Jan 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.
Janet M in Caithness
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
Terry, the England coordinator, reminds us that "An unintelligible abbreviation is no help to anyone".
There's no need to be over zealous when squeezing in some of those detailed occupations. Remember you can use Column Y for some of the overflow from Q.
Puzzles for the Postman
A good job Santa wasn't trying to deliver presents to Ellenbury
(Answer next time)
Well, you wouldn't, would you?
In 1851 Eleanor Barton of Hastings gives her birthplace as
Christmas in the Workhouse
"The old women had their usual allowance of snuff and the men enjoyed the soothing pipe over the fire with the customary glass of porter - indeed a happier family it would be impossible to conceive."
(A Sussex newspaper report, 1881)
... or you could believe Charles Dickens instead...
Is this a joke?
Joseph Pitham, Rail Lab and Beer House Keeper from Hastings, gives his birthplace as "Northamptonshire Neauware"
Simon and Chris
...and who's next?