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July  2015

Alison Cdave
Janet B
John P

Hello again,
   FreeUKGEN, the overall organisation that includes FreeBMD and FreeREG as well as FreeCEN, has a new Executive Chair. Pat Reynolds has taken up the task and you may already have received a message from her via the UK Helpers mailing list asking everyone involved with FreeUKGEN to complete a short survey about the best ways of keeping everyone in touch and informed.  If you haven't yet found the link it is .
   As far as our section of FreeUKGEN goes, keeping in touch is also important. Some of the team are quite regular in letting us know of their progress (even if they aren't making any!), and passing on some of the oddities they find while working through the Victorian enumerations. However there are one or two who we haven't heard from in eighteen months or more in spite of our trying to contact them. We can't tell whether the piece they are working on is ever likely to be finished, or if they have simply given up their FreeCEN activities for some reason and it's time to ask someone else to take it on.
   If you've been a member of the team for some time you'll remember that about this time of year we usually make a small survey of our own about progress, so could you let us know within the next couple of weeks the number of the Folio you have reached in your current transcription or checking.  You can, of course, let us know all sorts of other things as well!  ...and why not fill in Pat's survey at the same time?

  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  (90 sections)
Pieces on line
Population of Sussex on line
Pieces being transcribed
8 sections (9)
Pieces waiting to be checked
4 sections (5)
Pieces being checked
3 sections (3)
Pieces being validated or waiting to go on line
28 sections (25)
(Numbers in brackets are last month's figures)
Last National update: 29th June
28 million records now on line.

Do be careful to enter what the enumerator wrote, not what he meant.
 Recent "typos" we've noticed include:
Eliza entered as Elizabeth
Joel enterd as John
Trayton entered as Traton
Son entered as Stepson
...and Checkers need to be careful too - all these examples were clear on the images and had been checked!

Things You Find
The Enumerator in Oving found one household who were less than cooperative about the Census.  The family's ages and birthplaces are all left blank and the Enumerator has put a note in the margin: "As filled up by the parties & which they refuse to alter".

Is This A Record?
Thomas BURFIELD Jnr in Hailsham: "Hemp and flax manufacturer employing 50 men, 24 women, 60 boys and 6 girls."
(Some Googling reveals that the business is still in operation, using their own hemp and flax to make mattresses and beds. They're now called Somnus, though the address is Burfield Park)
The Team
Eng In England
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, Fiona in Yorkshire, and Keith* in Kent.
scot In Scotland
Janet M* in Caithness
france In France
Vivienne in the Dordogne
In Australia
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")

Name This Child
Donna found a child in Henfield named Able SHOULDERS. Presumably the parents were hoping he would be a hard-working addition to the family.
We're not quite sure whether the BINSTED family of Boxgrove were so optimistic when they called their son Mouth.
An incomer to Sussex from Leicestershire was
Willoughby WILLEY, born in Willoughby Waterless , now living in Westhampnett.

Happy Families
In East Lavant lived
John DIGWEED, "Gardner"
Sarah DIGWEED, "Gardner wife"
Wm DIGWEED, "Garden boy"
There were others in the family too, including twin girls, but unfortunately none of them was described as "Gardner's daughter", otherwise we'd have the set!

A Puzzle for the Postman
"Alderdown" is this month's puzzle...
(Answer next month)

Indigestion for the postman?
"Rumbleswick" for Rumboldswyke.
"Piddlesworth" for Fittleworth

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