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Another one bites the dust! Piece number 1635 is now online, covering the Hastings area in 1851. We had split it into eight sections to make life easier, and a total of nine members of the team have been involved at various stages of transcribing, checking and validating since it was all started off in June 2012. As always we want to give a big thankyou to everyone involved, even if you can't remember whether you were one of them! The figures below don't always give an accurate idea of what is actually happening because some of the pieces have been divided up while others are being worked on as a whole with maybe 15000 entries or more. The FreeCEN database can only accept complete pieces; that's why there are so many sections "waiting to go on line" until all sections of a piece are ready.
We welcome Vivienne to the team this month . She joins us from the Durham team as she wants to follow up her Sussex connections. A chunk of Brighton is her welcoming present! Vivienne's inclusion brings a new flag to the list on the right, too. Bienvenue!
Simon and Chris
Not much to say this month, although we do seem to be putting some of the same comments in this section over and over again. Part of the problem is that we put a reminder in a Newsletter and people take note (at least, we hope they do!), but it may be a year or more before that issue crops up in one of the images you're working on. It's been suggested we have a permanent compilation of reminders that could be referred to at any time, so we'll see what we can do. In the meantime the links at the foot of this Newsletter page, especially "Do's and Don'ts" may be helpful.
Thanks for all the comments, queries and reports that arrive in our inbox. Apologies if a reply is not immediate, or if we have had to contact you to ask which piece you're working on. When you do contact us about something it would help greatly if you include at least the Piece number and, if it's relevant, the Folio and Page numbers. That would help us find our way through the National Archive/FreeCEN numbering system and work out quickly where you are.
Talking about Transcription
"I really enjoyed this one as I know Worth well. In fact the last couple of pages actually cover where I live now. Really interesting to see how it was just farmland then for such a large area, now 3-4 neighbourhoods! Maidenbower, where I live, is listed as just one farm, now a large estate! And the Frogshole Farm is my local pub now!" [JK]
"Some of the locations they were born at are now buried by Gatwick Airport and the M23...I wonder what these people would have thought if we could time travel back and tell them the land is to be covered by miles of concrete and asphalt? Total disbelief I would think."[DS]
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
Vivienne in the Dordogne
Iris in WA, Alison C in NSW, Denis in Victoria
In the USA
Karen in California, Donna in MichiganLynne in Bullaren
Dave in BC,
* Inactive at present
Puzzles for the Postman
Last month's puzzle - Horemounts - is joined by another version of this old favourite:
And what about Facome?
In Midhurst we have a Lawyer's Wife visiting from Marlow in Buckinghamshire. Her surname implies that somewhere in Buckinghamshire lived
Mr Bigmouth the Lawyer.
Things You Find
There is a lodgers daughter staying with the Akhurst family who is obviously
Simon and Chris
...and who's next?