Sunday, January 23, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Do Some Random Research

This weeks Saturday Night Genealogy Fun exercise from Randy Seaver, Genea-Musings, is

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 Ancestry.com and enter your generated name in the search box on the main search page. [Randy's add: If you don't have Ancestry.com, go to http://www.familysearch.org// and do it there - it's free.]
  3. From the results, your research target will be the first census result for your generated name.
  4. Using whatever online resources are at your disposal, see what else you can discover about your random person and write about it. It can be a formal report complete with footnotes, or just a “research story” about what you tried, problems you overcame, or success you had. Maybe you want to create a research plan for practice?
  5. Post about it on your blog or wherever you wish, and link here to tell Chris about it. Tell Randy about it too as a comment here or a comment on Facebook or Twitter.

The first name the Random Name Generator generated, Efren McDaniel, didn't produce a result, so I generated a second name, Gloria Bennett.

The first Gloria Bennett that showed on Ancestry was from the 1930 United States census. Gloria M. Bennett is listed in the household of G. Clark Bennet, her husband. She is a white female. Her estimated year of birth is 1889. She was born in California. Her father was born in England and her mother in California. She resides in Chico, Butte, California.

In addition, there is a possible previous marriage as there is an Edith V. Wanless, step-daughter, listed in the household of G. Clark Bennett. (Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Chico, Butte, California; Roll: 112; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 11; Image: 1042.0.)

Additional information:

1920 Census - Enumerated as Georgie M Bennett and listed in the household of Clark Bennett, husband. Her estimated year of birth is 1888. She was born in California. Her father was born in England and her mother in California. She resides in Chico, Butte, California.

Here, Edith, Mr. Bennett's step-daughter, is enumerated as Edith V. Philips. (Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Chico, Butte, California; Roll: T625_94; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 22; Image: 106.)

One World Tree® via Ancestry
  • Born 13 Jan 1887 as Georgia May James
  • Father: Georgia Marion James
  • Mother: Canzanda Isabella Hicks
  • Died 25 Aug 1966
  • Married George Clark Bennett 9 Aug 1910
Tree source citations are as follows:

Title: California Death Index 1940 - 1997

Author: Ancestry.com
Repository:
Note: Internet
Media: Book

Title: Butte County Index to Marriage Certificates
Author: Paradise Genealogical Society, Paradise, Butte, CA
Repository:
Media: Book
Page: 15



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