One way for publishers to guarantee that I will buy a copy of their magazine is to include a CD packed with Sussex data on the cover. That is just what they have done with the latest edition (October 2011) of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine.
The CD contains five datasets, plus a selection of images (photographs and documents) from Sussex museums and archives. These are accompanied by a six page article in the magazine with background information and links. The five datasets are:
1874 Post Office Directory – this consists of two pdfs, the court directory (listing all the residents, or at least the wealthier ones) and the trade directory (an A to Z of Sussex tradesmen).
Army Lists – several pdfs listing officers of the Royal Sussex Regiment serving during the Boer War and First World War.
Parish Material – a tempting selection of parish register transcriptions from Hastings, Guestling and Crowhurst, the work of the Hastings & Rother Family History Society.
1821 East Grinstead Census – a transcription of a pre-1841 census survivor, a taster for the full CD from the Sussex Family History Group which also includes the 1811 and 1831 Census from East Grinstead.
Eastbourne MIs – an index and transcription of parts of Ocklygne Cemetery, Eastbourne produced by the Family Roots FHS.
I don’t think any of these datasets are going to answer any immediate research questions I have, but I am sure that they will in time turn out to be useful tools in my genealogy toolbox.