Saturday, January 22, 2011

Saturday Night Fun Random Name

Hey genealogy buffs - it's Saturday Night and time for more Genealogy Fun! Play along with us and tell us about it.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to follow Chris Staats' rules (from Freaky Friday: Random Research Reports) for picking a random person's name and then doing some online research about that person. Here are Chris's rules:

1. Go to The Random Name Generator and click the red “Generate Name” button at the top of the screen

2. Go to and enter your generated name in the search box on the main search page. [Randy's add: If you don't have, go to and do it there - it's free.]

3. From the results, your research target will be the first census result for your generated name.

This is the first of 275 hits for Sam Crane at Family Search. This is his listing in the 1920 census. I am always glad when they give the film number for further searching. Sam is listed with his wife May and daughter Olive.

Name: Sam B Crane
Residence: Los Angeles Township Los Angeles City Precinct 216, Los Angeles, California
Estimated Birth Year: 1871
Age: 49
Birthplace: New York
Relationship to Head of Household: Self
Gender: Male
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Father's Birthplace:
Mother's Birthplace:
Film Number: 1820115
Digital Folder Number: 4293715
Image Number: 01023
Sheet Number: 2
Household Gender Age
Sam B Crane M 49y
Spouse May Crane F 48y
Child Olive Crane F 24y

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