Monday, January 5, 2009

Find Famous People Contest

One of the really fun things to do (well, for me) is to find famous people in the census records. Michael John Neill has a blog called Famous People in the Census and now has started up his contests again. Previously, he had contests on his www.rootdig.com web site and blog, but took them down last year. I have missed them!

Michael has posted the first two contests:

* Find Thomas Edison in 1870

* Find Bob Hope in the 1910 Census

Michael has specific rules, so be sure to read them before jumping into the contests.

Good luck -- you'll need it! These are usually hard research problems that will tax every genealogy researcher. However, reviewing the solutions when they are published can help inform and educate every genealogy researcher.

2 comments:

Michael John Neill said...

Thanks for passing this along to your readers. We'll post answers and tips/suggestions when the person has been found.

Once in a while, I post an easy one, but sometimes that happens because I overlooked something when trying to find them myself. We have added Hank Williams, Sr. in 1930 since you blogged about our new contests.

looking4ancestors said...

Greetings Randy,
I think you and I would hit it off well in real life - listening to Rush and searching the census records! We'd have a blast!
Thanks for posting the link to this cool site. I'm off to check it out.
Kathryn
www.looking4ancestors.com