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{{TIO-sidebar}}''[[Tracing Immigrant Origins|Tracing Immigrant Origins]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[United States]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[United States Emigration and ImmigrationTracing_Immigrants_Country_of_Origin_Records|Emigration and ImmigrationCountry of Origin]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; '' [[Surname_Distribution_Maps|Surname Distribution Maps]]'' <br><br>
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| {{surnamemap}} Sometimes it is possible to guess where a surname originated through [[Surname_Distribution_Maps|surname distribution maps]]. These maps graphically display locations where&nbsp;surnames occurred at different periods in time. This strategy provides genealogists with a starting point for research in the birth country, when that information cannot be discovered through sources recorded in the new country of settlement. It works particularly well for less-common surnames and among families that have stayed in the same European locations for centuries.
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