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This month's Newsletter is a few days later than we like it to be, but we did have a good holiday, and the English weather did not disappoint!
You'll see a big change in the numbers below as the FreeCEN database caught up after several weeks; 1871 is a lot closer to completeness, and we've been able to send off the first finished piece from the 1851 Census. The new pieces are (1871) 1082 Brighton St Peter, 1087 Brighton the Palace, 1090 Shoreham, and 1107 Worthing.
From 1851 it is Piece 1636 (Bexhill, Battle, Ahburnham etc). Because we split up the huge 1851 pieces there were nine different team members involved in this one, so special thanks if you were one of them.
Please don't forget that for copyright reasons we're not allowed to keep the census images once the transcription is complete, so here's a reminder to clear out any images you've finished with from Dropbox or saved on your computer, and to destroy any of the CDs you've had in the past.
Thanks again to all of you for all the hard work that goes into these transcriptions, and for the snippets and pictures you're sending as well.
Simon and Chris
Gold Stars all round this month; no complaints!
Things You Find
Sussex - Home of the Rich and Famous
I really wasn't sure of handwriting on this family's middle names and a bit of google search found this 13yr old later authored "The Birds of Tennyson". Watkin James Yuille Strang Watkins is a notable author.(KP)
What's My Line?
John Kenward of Fletching "Farm Laborer, Drunkard" (MG)
Is this a record?
William Beaney in Battle Workhouse, 1 month old "Agricultural Labourer".
Simon and Chris, Andrea, Marianne, Neal, Jan and June, all in Sussex, Graham and Fiona 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
Iris in WA
Alison C in NSW
In the USA
Karen in California, Donna in Michigan
Dave in BC,
* Inactive at present
Talking about Enumeration
(for a change)
Next time you find yourself complaining about the spelling or incorrect detail in an entry, spare a thought for this enumerator in Battle in 1851:
"In the case of those who work on the railway it was impossible in most cases to get the name of the parish in which they were born and in many cases not the true name of the parties. In some cases I had great difficulty to get any return at all."
(Piece 1636 F361 P6)Talking about transcription
"Wishing people had not had such beautiful but sometimes unreadable handwriting...or striking through in very inconvenient places :) I'm used to doctors handwriting at work and this is coming in mightily handy." (AS)
Simon and Chris
...and who's next?