I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned much about my research on Central Illinois (well, except here and here), but a big part of my research is interviewing a lot of people. And part of my ethical responsibility is to protect their identities. Sometimes it’s pretty impossible to not point to a specific individual (like if I mention a restaurant I went to and they work there or if the town only has a few hundred residents total), but I do my best to not transcribe parts that say their family members’ names or their place of work. I give them all pseudonyms (some I even let pick their own), but I have to say, I am running out of first names, especially classic ones one would expect to find in the Prairie State. Here are a couple examples of what I have so far: Fran, 70; Tim, 25; Karen, 33; Walt, 70; Virginia, 65. So, I am asking you for more names. These can be any names – male or female, old or young. I only have a set of 26 people now whose members range from 18 to 89 years old (plus 4 more from interviews done in the 1990’s), but I will be getting much more one day, hopefully in the hundreds. So, please, help a girl out!