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November  2015

Alison Cdave
Janet B
John P

Hello again,
   We have two welcomes this month; firstly a "welcome back" to Barry who took a break from FreeCEN to work on some checking for FreeBMD.  He returns to work on Wartling and Warbleton, the last section of piece 1638, for us which means we should soon have another full piece ready to go off to the database.
   And a special welcome to Matilda, Donna's new "assistant" - a schnauzer puppy who is "helping" so far by keeping quiet while Donna concentrates on the computer, and by taking her for exercise breaks at regular intervals!  We're hoping to have a picture soon...
   Progress on FreeCEN Sussex continues slowly, as you can see below.  Next month we hope to give a more detailed report on the work of the last twelve months.  In the meantime, "Keep up the good work!"
   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
6 sections (6)
Pieces waiting to be checked
4 sections (4)
Pieces being checked
3 sections (3)
Pieces being validated or waiting to go on line
28 sections (20)
(Numbers in brackets are last month's figures)
Last National update: 20th October

   Both transcribers and checkers could perhaps check that the columns on a spreadsheet are not overflowing the width that FreeCEN allows for each one.  Many of you are using a version of "BLANK" that warns you automatically if you are going beyond the allowed width, but if your version of the spreadsheet has stopped throwing up the warnings or you need to be careful for some other reason, make sure of the following:
   1) Your spreadsheet still has the original top three lines of headings, especially row 3 with the set number of characters allowed in each column.
   2) You have selected the whole sheet and under "Format" you have set the font to Courier and the Columns to "Autofit selection"
   3) You have used "Window>Freeze Panes" to keep the top three rows visible as you work.
  You'll still need to keep an eye on what's going into each column, but this should help as a reminder!

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, and Keith* in Kent.
scot In Scotland
Janet M* in Caithness
france In France
Vivienne in the Dordogne
In Australia
Alison C in NSW, 
In the USA 
Karen in California,  Donna in Michigan
In Canada
Dave in BC,

* Inactive at present
(The "reserve list")

Are You Sure?
Apparently the occupation of George Mewett of Brighton in 1851 was "Snob".  Admittedly the writing was pretty poor but try as we might we can't make it say anything else, so perhaps he was just being honest!

...and talking of poor writing, here's a comment we received thiis month:
I have a warrant out for the arrest of the present enumerator I am dealing with!!!
Handwriting isn't good at all....but worst of all for any genealogist....he only gives initials for any/all children and any other occupants of the household!  But often writes oodles of words of minutiae in the occupation space!!!


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