Thursday, June 23, 2005

More Censuswhacking

In my first experiment in censuswhacking, I tried to find individuals or families in the 1880 census each with a unique first or last name. This time, I've looked for unique and unusual combinations of first and last names.

Fictional characters: Clark Kent (there were four Lois Lanes in 1880), Marcia Brady, and Harry Lime (for those who remember the Third Man). There was also a Chris Kringle, whose first name was undoubtedly misspelled by the enumerator.

Musicians: Paul McCartney, Hank Williams, and Patsy Cline.

Actors: Richard Gere, James Spader, and Linda Lovelace (really).

Literary figures: George Orwell and Virginia Woolf.

It is rather disturbing to find that there were four women in 1880 named Fanny Large, and two named Fanny Grumbles. Fortunately, there was only one Fanny Poker then living in America.

One wonders if the Nice Dame living in Mississippi ever met the Mean Beavers living in Alabama.

Harry Chin lived in Louisiana, while Harry Knee lived with his folks in Pennsylvania. (Before you ask, there were five Harry Butts spread across the country.)


This is classic! Where did you do this research?


It's all in the 1880 census on the FamilySearch website. You can search the 1881 British and Canadian censuses as well.

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