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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Surname Distribution

Randy at Genea-musings says:

Hey, genealogy fans – it’s Saturday Night, and time for some Genealogy Fun!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music…), is:

1) Find out the geographical distribution of your surname – in the world, in your state or province, in your county or parish. I suggest that you use the Public Profiler site at, which seems to work quickly and easily. However, you cannot capture the image as a photo file – you have to capture the screen shot, save it and edit it.

2) Tell us about your surname distribution in a blog post of your own (with a screen shot if possible), in comments to this post, or in comments on a social networking site like Facebook and Twitter.

I didn’t know which surname to use for this mission, Hines, Haines or Bradt. I did all three, but since there are only three Hines surname branches in my tree, my grandfather and two granduncles, I thought it would be better to do the Haines surname.

Here is the World distribution of Haines:

Haines in North America:

Haines in Ontario:

Now, world distribution of Bradt:

Bradt in North America:

I couldn’t get a regional map of Bradt for Ontario. It makes me wonder how accurate this mapping system is, there have been Bradt families in Ontario since the Rev. War.

Now, just for fun to see the world distribution of the surname Freisman which I think is almost extinct:

Now Freisman in North America:

and regional Freismans (the Ontario Freismans went to California in the mid to late 1800’s) :


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