Surname Distribution Maps
Sometimes it is possible to guess where an immigrant originated through surname distribution maps. These maps graphically display locations where surnames occurred at different periods in time. This strategy provides genealogists with a research starting point in the birth country, when that information cannot be discovered in American sources. 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
1. Eastman, Dick. "New Web Site Maps Surnames Worldwide," Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, September 1, 2008. Available online.
2. Meitzler, Leland. "Surname Distribution Maps for the USA, Canada, Spain, France, Germany, Austria & Switzerland on dynastree.com," Genealogy Blog. Available online.
3. Meitzler, Leland. "Surname Distribution Maps For Argentina, the Netherlands & the United Kingdom Are Online," Genealogy Blog. Available online.
4. Murphy, Nathan W. "Localize Your Surname with Distribution Maps," Price and Associates Genealogical Services. Available online.