Random Genealogy

Great story on BBC News this week - The Comfort of Strangers - about members of an online genealogy forum, frustrated with trying to burst through their own brick walls, have taken to researching other peoples' family history - by selecting people at random from the 1881 census.

The forum in question - rootschat - also features an area for "censuswhacking" - identifying the only person or family with a given first name, surname or occupation in the census. Great examples include Fanny Minger, Silly Trollope and Loonie Cooper.

by Stephen Foote | in In the News, Genealogy | last updated 16.06.2005, 9:21