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From: Edward Hamrick <>
Subject: Free Internet Access to 50,000 name database
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 1996 09:38:01 -0700
I was interested in the origins of my name, and recently
undertook a project to map the distribution of Hamrick's in the
United States (they turned out to be centered in West Virginia).
I did this by writing a program that reads the telephone white
pages for the entire United States, and summarizes the distribution
of any given family name by state.
I found this to be so interesting that I produced a database of
the most common 50,000 names, and put it online yesterday. You
can have a GIF file e-mailed to you automatically containing
a map of the United States, with each state colored according
to how often a name occurs in that state. States colored
red have about 1 in 100 people with a given name, green is
1 in 1,000, and blue is 1 in 10,000 (with shades between).
You can get a customized GIF file e-mailed to you by sending an
e-mail message to:
Subject: NAME <- put the name you're interested in here
the body of the e-mail message is ignored, and the subject
should contain just _one word_ - the name you're interested in.
The GIF file of a colored map of the United States showing the
distribution of this name will be e-mailed to you automatically,
usually in just a few minutes.
You can also access this names database using WWW at:
President, Hamrick Software