Monday, December 4, 2006

Christmas "characters" in the census

I posted two weeks ago my research about Santa Claus(e) in the 1900 to 1930 census records, and his ultimate fate in Saline County MO, where he died in 1957.

Today, Dick Eastman has a post linking to a web site that has done a nice job finding more Christmas "characters" in the census records, including:

1) Elf people - the surname Elf

2) Jack Frost - even one who herds reindeer

3) Kris Kringle - one in Iowa born in Denmark in 1868

4) Rudolph Render (close!) - several, including a 3 year old in 1930

5) Frosty Snowman - nope, but a F. Dudley Snowman whose name was probably not Frosty!

6) Peggy Humbug - whose father was probably not named Bah

7) no Ebenezer Scrooge.

Read the whole page at, it's good work and good fun.

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