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...although we start with a "Goodbye". Graham has had to stand down from FreeCEN work (though we hope he may yet be able to return at some time in the future). Graham has made a huge contribution to the FreeCEN project over the last eight years, involved in the transcribing and checking of nearly eighty pieces from the 1851, '61 and '71 Censuses for Sussex. This includes transcribing five complete pieces each of 18,000 entries or so from the western end of the county. Many researchers have, and will have, good cause to be grateful for his diligent and patient work. We say "thanks" a lot of times in our role as coordinators, but this is a special one; "thankyou, Graham"!
We also say, "Hello" this month to Carole from New Zealand. Impressed by finding her Hastings relatives on FreeCEN when other databases had failed she wrote to say thankyou, and has also volunteered to help out in turn with some transcription for us. Welcome Carole!
Every section of the 1851 census is now at the transcription stage or further and progressing well. It shouldn't be too long before we can publish the whole of the Brighton area for 1851, which will be another landmark in the process. Press on!
Best wishes to you all,
Simon and Chris
Simon and Chris, Marianne, Jan, and Susan, 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, and Keith* in Kent.
Janet M* in Caithness
Alison C in NSW,
In New Zealand
Carole in Tauranga
In the USA
Karen in California, Donna in Michigan* Inactive at present
Dave in BC,
(The "reserve list")
Things you Find
Some of the oddities you've noticed as you slave away
Puzzles for the Postman
Last time we had
Some Unusual Occupations in 1851
Elizabeth Attree, Bolney, f, 65 Blacksmith Mistress
William Finch, Broadwater, Knobler
Professor of Billiards
"Must be a forerunner of one of our modern College Courses" [RP]
John Elliott in Brighton
[Foreign trade, crockery, or cricket?]
Also "Henkey Man"
If William Baker of Angmering is a Master Baker, does that mean that his son John Baker is "Master Baker the Master Baker's son"?
What's In a Name?
In East Preston we found
Parmeners Farmener living next door to Ruful Ayling,
and in Poling John Whitehall Snow was married to Sarah Blackman.
Simon and Chris
...and who's next?