Sunday, April 15, 2007

COCP Newletter No 20

Hello folks

My garden last summer; this year summer is coming early! The cat is sunbathing (he has to have sun block on his remaining ear); the Starlings are back in the roof and the weeds are growing fast. I should be concentrating on the garden; but there are all these census returns........

We continue to upload returns from 1851, 71 & 81. We are now down to 10 1851 parishes or bits of parishes. Another couple of months should see it finished. At the moment Kay & I are chasing up 1871 volunteers to see what they are doing. Or not doing.

If you are in the habit of writing to places such as the Rootsweb mailing lists; can I ask you to use a signature block advertising that you are a volunteer for COCP? The publicity helps me.......

Email must be the easiest form of communication invented (maybe texting is more so). Would anyone like my mobile number? And we also have jabber........ But still, many of you don't seem to appreciate how easy it is to drop me a line to tell me how you are getting on. Or even to tell me you are still alive! Strangely enough, I have had five volunteers die whilst on the job and their next-of-keen were quick to look through their emails and contact me to tell me the sad news. It is the living ones who are not playing the game fairly.

If you don't want to carry on - just let me know and send the disc back.

The parish register project has now broken through the half a million barrier. Next stop one million!

I am offline April 17-24th inclusive. That means there is still 48 hours for you to drop me a line and to enlighten me as to what you are doing. Or not doing.

Rgds and good luck!

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