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Pre 1752 dates:

With the change from the Julian to the Gregorian Calendar in 1752, New Year’s Day was moved back from the 25 March to the 1 January. In this history all pre 1752 dates between the 1 January and the 24 March, which came at the end of the year in the Julian Calendar, have been moved to be at the beginning of the following year. For example, 19 February 1625 in the Old Style Julian Calendar has been entered as 19 February 1626. This has been done to make the calculating of time periods simple and independent of whether dates are pre or post 1752. Also it was thought to be less confusing than the use of the standard double date notation, where the above example would be written as 19 February 1625/6, for those readers who are not familiar with its use.


People's names:

The spelling of surnames within a family has been made consistent, unless it’s known that a deliberate change has been made to the spelling, particularly in more modern times. For more distant times, more than about 200 years ago, where some surnames have gradually changed over time, the most frequently used spelling at any time has been used, with a change being introduced at a particular generation to give consistency.



For Christian names in recent times, about the last 100 years, the spelling of the name as recorded or given by an informant has been used, even if this is not the normal spelling of the name, as frequently ‘odd’ spellings seem to have been used to make a name seem less common, unless there is other information to the contrary. For more distant times, where odd spellings, such as An for Ann occur, the modern version has been used. Where there are two, or more, accepted versions of a name, such as Ann & Anne, and Harriet & Harriett, the most frequently used version in the records for that person has been used.

In old records, where what would now be considered distinctly separate names were used for the same person, such as Agnes, Annis and Ann in the early 1600s, this has been noted in the section on that person, and where possible the most frequently used version taken as the person’s name.

For those persons whose names were recorded in Latin, the English version of a name has been used.

These are the general rules that have been used on names, but where it was considered that a slightly different treatment would give a more accurate rendering of a given situation; these rules have been ‘bent’.

For direct quotes from records the exact form of a name as it occurs in the record has been retained.


Place names:

The spelling of place names has frequently changed over time and with different writers, generally the modern spelling has been used, except in quotations. Also the actual name of many places has changed through time, frequently several times. Again the modern name has generally been used, often with a note as to the particular name used at the time being discussed.


Abbreviations used for record repositories:


British Library, London.


Kent History & Library Centre, Maidstone, Kent.


East Sussex Record Office, Lewes, East Sussex.


Guildhall Library, London.


London Metropolitan Archives, London.


The National Archives, Kew, London.


West Sussex Record Office, Chichester, West Sussex.


Abbreviations used for publications:


Sussex Archaeological Collections.


Sussex Record Society.


Copyright © Derek Miller 2013-2015

Last updated 30 December 2015


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