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September  2014

Alison Cdave
Janet B
John P

Hello again,
      Well, the wait was worth it; we told you last month that there were no pieces being uploaded to the database at the moment because of the switch-over to new servers at the FreeCEN website. That has now happened, and you'll see from the numbers below that it's made quite a difference to the figures for Sussex.  The three new pieces on line are 1640 (Uckfield), 1641 (East Grinstead) and 1654 (Midhurst).  As the three between them had been divided up into about fifteen sections almost everyone in the team has had a hand in transcribing, checking or validating one or more of them - some over a year ago! Thanks, therefore, are due to all concerned, whether you can remember your contribution or not...
   Unfortunately there is nothing extra to report following last month's news about our inability to supply you with images.  Thanks to those who gave us an indication of your intentions for the future, especially the ones who have access to images for themselves.  We shall certainly be making use of that facility in due course.  In the meantime, "Keep Calm and Carry On", as it says on the poster, the T-shirt, the mug, the cushion-cover, the tea-towel, the bumper-sticker, the cap...  
   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
15 sections (13)
Pieces waiting to be checked
2 sections (3)
Pieces being checked
2 sections (4)
Pieces being validated or waiting to go on line
24 sections (33)
(Numbers in brackets are last month's figures)
  Latest National Update: 4th Sept.  26,600,000+ entries on line now

reminder  Some Reminders About Missing Information

   Please don't expand the Enumerator's description, even if you think it's obvious.  We recently found "Railway Lab's Wife" in Column Q (Occupation), whereas the original image had the occupation space left empty.  The relationship was "wife" and the husband's occupation was "Railway Lab", true enough, but the "as is" rule means we shouldn't invent what isn't there!

On the other hand...
   Usually the enumerator will give a surname for the Head of the house and then use "Ditto" for the rest of the family.  Occasionally the ditto is missing and the wife or child (or whole family)is left without a surname.  This often happens with unbaptised children especially. To leave column I blank in this situation would be "as is", but it could mean that a search of the database would never find the individual concerned. The routine here is to enter the surname in Column I, provided there's no real doubt about it, flag it, and put "Surname assumed" in Column Y.  This enables a researcher to find what they're looking for but still makes it clear that the name was missing in the original.  If in doubt leave a note for the checker.
There... Clear as mud!
The Team
Eng In England
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.
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

A Puzzle for the Postman

Last month we expect you recognised
Lurges Hals
as Lurgashall
and possibly
as Wisborough Green.

Now  try these new examples of Victorian spellings:
Awkerst (Kent)
Sarsomend (Bet you don't guess that one!)
Arton Lye

What's in a Name?

(1) Now why would the Lettice family of Brighton want to call their daughter Latitia?

(2) If you wanted recruits for a new group of Seven Dwarfs we can start you off with
(all from separate families in Brighton.  Can you find any others?)

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