The author of Black Roots: A Beginner's Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree knows how to leave 'em laughing.
As Tony Burroughs, an African-American genealogy expert from Chicago, ended his seminar at the Main Branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library yesterday, he listed occupations he found on the 1850 U.S. Census.
"Prostitute" and "Pimp" drew chuckles from the audience of almost 70 people.
"Does nothing" elicited outright laughter.
And the audience howled when Mr. Burroughs flashed a Census form on the screen that listed under remarks: "Old hag refused to answer." [Link]