Surname Distribution Maps
]] Sometimes it is possible to guess where a surname originated through surname distribution maps. These maps graphically display locations where 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.
Online Surname Distribution Maps
- Geogenealogy surname mapping website
- Stephen Archer's Surname Atlas CD for detailed mapping of British surnames in the 1881 census
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