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The documents below provide an introduction to census and directory files and explain how to transcribe the data from these sources into a format that we can add to the website. You should read these before transcribing data into the template pages.

There are also guides to writing street histories and collecting oral interviews. Our notes about abbreviations, place names and old occupations may also be useful when working with local history resources.

Over the summer of 2019 we are particularly keen to add the following street data to the website: Powys Grove, Terminus Street, Tandridge Road, Norman Road, Brunswick Road, York Road, Chesham Street. 

If you'd like to join in, email to tell us which street you are working on and keep us up-to-date with your progress!

1) Processing Census Returns 

HitP - Where to find census returns.docx
HitP - CR Transcription guidelines.docx
HitP - Census Return template

2) Processing Street Directories 

HitP - Where to find street directories.docx
HitP - SD Transcription guidelines.docx
HitP - Street Directory template

3) Writing Street Histories

HitP - How to write a Street History from start to finish.docx
HitP - Detailed guidelines for writing a street history_6.docx

4) Recording Oral Histories

HitP - Introduction to taking an Oral History.docx
HitP - Interview principles - the basics.docx
HitP - Oral History Consent Form HitP.docx

5) Notes about abbreviations, names, occupations, etc.

HitP - Common abbreviations in CR and SD.docx
HitP - Gazetteer of Place Names in Sussex.docx
HitP - Old occupations.docx

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