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February 2015

Alison Cdave
Janet B
John P

Hello again,
  We sent off another completed piece of the 1851 Census this month, though It's not yet made it to the on-line database.  Thanks to all involved with 1646 in one way or another.  These Brighton pieces are hard work; lots of residents who've migrated from other parts of the world, enumerators who don't recognise those birthplaces and certainly can't spell them, and registrars who seem to specially recruit enumerators with sloppy handwriting.  At all stages of the process these pieces seem to take extra time, so particular thanks are due!
   We were reminded of the wider world of Census research when Vivienne sent us a link to a video produced by her cousin.  Look for the link further down the page.  Other snippets of interesting "finds" arrive in our inbox every now and then and we try to include them all.  Keep them coming...
   With best wishes to you all,
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
12 sections (13)
Pieces waiting to be checked
5 sections (4)
Pieces being checked
1 section (1)
Pieces being validated or waiting to go on line
23 sections (22)
(Numbers in brackets are last month's figures)
Last National update: 19th December 2014

   No apologies for repeating this one, as we're still finding the problem quite frequently:  If two schedules are separated by a short line only, it probably means that both families are living in the same house, and the second schedule can be given the same address as the first.  This is quite likely to occur if a lodger is given a separate schedule from the people he is lodging with - he will have the same address as the host family, even if the enumerator has left a blank for column(s) F and G.  For further help use the "Entering Addresses" link below.

Sussex - Home of the Rich and Famous
   In 1851, living in Dale Park House, Madehurst, with his wife, ten children and two pages of servants we found the Marquis of Abercorn. He is listed as KG, Lord Lieut of County Donegal, etc etc.,   Amongst other things he is "Groom of the Stole".  Intrigued, we spent a moment on Google and found this Order of Chivalry was previously called "Groom of the Stool".  Further intrigued we discovered that the functionary's original role was to empty the King's Chamber Pot.  Apparently by the nineteenth century the Groom had become just aother close advisor and confidant of the monarch, and a member of the Privy Council.  Whether his more intimate duty was ever called upon by then seems unlikely, but the mind boggles, especially as the monarch was now a Queen!  
[Piece 1652/290/5]

The Team
Eng In England
Simon and Chris,   Marianne, Neal*, 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, Fiona in Yorkshire, 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
(The "reserve list")

A Video from 1871???
Not quite, but here's something we haven't had before in the Newsletter: Vivienne's cousin has produced a video tribute to the work of the Victorian Enumerator.  Have a look at

Happy Families
In Yapton in 1851 -
Mr Carpenter the carpenter

...and in Walberton,
Mr Crees the tailor 

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