ONLY YOUR ACTIVE SUPPORT ENSURES A STEADY FLOW OF NEW INFORMATION TO OUR WEBSITE
Our Family Database (Database Gedcom)
have just uploaded to our website the latest version of our database
which contains over 14,500 entries. Every entry for births before 1906
now shows a year (even if this is only an estimate) – this serves to
stack the entries in chronological order and has revealed a great deal
of duplication which has now been eliminated.
As you know we
welcome such mini gedcoms and to avoid confusion we now include a dummy
entry in the database with the surname prefix HHSG where members have
submitted their mini-gedcom already. My entries are thus Anthony Bower
and Anthony HHSG-Bower.
In submitting such data please be aware
that some people prefer to omit dates on entries relating to people born
in the last 100 years. This can be achieved by entering PRIVATE in the
If you submit a gedcom for inclusion please link your
name back only to where you find your nearest relation on the database.
In this way we hope to avoid unnecessary duplication.
find you have older data which is not yet on the database please draw
our attention to this and maybe submit a separate gedcom.
point I would like to remind you that the original database was
released on to the Internet in an effort to leave a source of
information for future generations – my children, for instance, are
totally disinterested and my cousin and I did not want 30 years of work
to disappear with us.
Wills and Documents
On the website we have three sections for wills and documents:
1. Thomas Marchant Related Documents (68 in all)
2. Incidental Documents (85 in all)
3. Master Document
are added to the end of sections 1 and 2 irrespective of chronological
order whereas the Master Document contains two chronological lists (one
for Marchant related and one for Incidental documents where, so far, no
positive link has been established to the greater Marchant family). In
my opinion the Master Document is the more valuable option as all
documents can be searched electronically and possible links established.
this year the Sussex Family History Group was kind enough to donate to
us a large number of will transcripts and many of these were added
appropriately to the three areas mentioned above. We did not follow our
usual procedure of adding genealogical notes at the foot of each will.
This is now being remedied but only in the Master Document. The wills as
published under 1) and 2) above will not be revised but the
genealogical data pertaining to them will be found in the Master
If you have any material you would like to submit under
this section we would be pleased to hear from you. Equally if you would
like to volunteer for transcription work please contact us under
In recent weeks we have published or re-published a number of books.
Ordering Publications - Click here please
are still looking for transcribers and proofreaders for our various
projects. We have an active team of worldwide volunteers but a huge
workload so new blood is always welcome.
We would be grateful for pictures to add to this area relating to anybody named in the database.
Please consider supplying us with your photograph and genealogical interests for publication in that area of our website.
Air Your Grievances
As of this month we have
81 Associate Members worldwide and a Core Group of 12 in Hurstpierpoint.
Associate LIFE Membership still only costs £15 which can be recovered
during your first visit to the website if you download one or more of
the then free electronic versions of many of our publications – for
serious researchers an invaluable medium as these publications can be
Due to the increasing size of the
website we anticipate having to rent more space and to cover this and
other unavoidable external costs (buying documents etc) we will be
increasing the membership fee to £20 from Autumn 2006. This does not, of
course, affect current members or anybody who joins us before then, Can-C