I first found this link a number of years ago and it's proven invaluable! Specifically for fiction writers, it's a clear, easy collection of Victorian/Western-era given names compiled from census and other public records. There are additional pages on western saddles, horse sense, etc. that I'm sure I'll be referencing as I continue on in David's Shoulders. All the pages seem well detailed and researched, and are certainly clear and accessible.
Let me know if you find it helpful!
Tell me! Do you have any good character naming links?
Heidi Peterson is a lover of wide-spreading land, summer dust, white pounding waterfalls, and mountain tops; also of good dark coffee and rich stories. Most of all she's a lover of the One who is the Word, the Word made flesh. You can visit her additional blog (where she shares more about books, movies, and further marvels of life) at: Along the Brandywine.