I spent a lot of time during my PhD research tracking down individuals.
It was all part of a scheme (that looks increasingly foolish with hindsight) to identify the people who sang songs and told stories for the folklorist Félix Arnaudin from about 1870-1914.
There were a lot of them. And some were only identified in his manuscripts by initials, or a first name. It turned out to be quite a challenge.
Well the research just came out as an article (sadly not open access) in Cultural and Social History. I use the information to make some arguments about how culture circulated in this period and place, and why that’s important for historians.
Important, but really hard to work out. I’m not sure I’d do this work if I had the chance over again!
You can read the article here if you are interested.