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March 2015

Alison Cdave
Janet B
John P

Hello again,
  Sorry to have kept you waiting for this month's Newsletter.  Your bated breath can now be relieved.  We have the decorators in at the moment, and sometimes even getting to the computer can be a problem.  Anyway, better late than never.
   A couple more Goodbyes, unforunately, this month; both Iris and Keith have run out of transcription to work on, and with the supply of images still unreachable there's not much we can offer.  Iris has contacted the Kent coordinator and we hope she has found employment there.  Our loss is Kent's gain.  Keith is going to be concentrating on his own family history.  We wish them both well and say many thanks for their contribution to the Sussex part of the project.  Between them they have contributed well over a dozen pieces to the 1851, '61 and '71 Censuses for our county.
   Another farewell-and-thanks goes to Terry, the coordinator for all the English counties.  We reported that last year he was suffering from poor health, and he has now decided to stand down from the role. It's uncertain at the moment how the FreeCEN powers-that-be are going to proceed with finding a replacement. Terry has been a great help to the Sussex team, though as most of his advice and support has been delivered via your coordinators you might not have been aware of it.  His contribution is already sorely missed.
   On a more positive note, Graham has asked us to pass on the news that S&N Genealogy are offering some special prices for their CDroms at the moment.  It might be worth a look at their website for any county and/or Census year where you have a particular interest.
   With 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
12 sections (12)
Pieces waiting to be checked
4 sections (5)
Pieces being checked
4 sections (1)
Pieces being validated or waiting to go on line
24 sections (23)
(Numbers in brackets are last month's figures)
Last National update: 19th December 2014

Sussex - Home of the Rich and Famous
  Living at Goodwood House in 1851; Charles and Caroline, Duke and Duchess of Richmond.  He's a Peer of the realm and two of his sons are Members of Parliament.  The family obviously believe in the benefits of education as there are both a French Governess and a German Governess employed for the younger children.  Amongst other staff are a Valet and three Footmen.  Rather a contrast to the living conditions of most of the local Ag Labs!

The Team
Eng In England
Simon and Chris,   Marianne, Neal*, 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
  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
(The "reserve list")

"Name this Child.."


We've just come across Richard Lemon in the 1851 Census, and that reminded us that we'd found Mr Orange Lemon in both the '61 and '71 Censuses.  What weird and wonderful forenames have you come across lately?  Let us know...

What's My Line?
...and while you're about it, how about some of the stranger victorian occupations?
"Under Boots" we've come across before now.  Over to you!

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