Lanark Era BMDs,
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Tracing Your Ancestors'
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Ireland, An Alphabetical Index
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Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of Essex, Ontario (1905)
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The Battle of Fort George
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Notes on the History of the
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Ten Years of The
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Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis
Buried Treasure: what’s in the English parish chest
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The R.C. Parish of Precious Blood, Glen Walter - Baptisms, Marriages & Burials 1913-1962
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Some long lost Births, Marriages Deaths along the St. Lawrence River from Dundas to Glengarry County, Ontario c1840-c1950
Petitions, Land Grants & Land Petitions For the Counties of Glengarry and Stormont, Ontario - a Finding Aid
Tracing Coalmining Ancestors,
Guide For Family Historians
Canada's Heroes in WWI, Cornwall,
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St. Edward the Confessor Roman Catholic Church, Westport, Leeds Grenville County, Ontario
Guide to Genealogical Writing,
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History of Adoption in
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New Online Tool for Mapping Surname Distribution
Published: 04 September 2008
By: Rick Roberts, Biography & Archived Articles
Curious about how far and wide spread that persons with the same name have migrated?
Now there is an easy way to find out. A new online resource called Public Profiler uses a database comprised of information gleaned from electoral roles and telephone directories to map out the distribution of more than eight million different surnames, and 5 million different given names (forenames).
The database includes more than 300 million people living in 26 countries. It shows the origins of names and indicates where those families have moved to.
David Beckham, a world famous British football player, has an English name. However, today there are more Beckhams living in the United States than in Britain. Surprisingly, the region of the world with the highest concentration of people called Beckham is even further from the footballer's east London origins - in the New Zealand province of Northland.
The Public Profiler website also reveals which of the five million forenames are most closely associated with different surnames and lists the top regions and cities for each surname.
The online tool was developed by a team of geographers from University College London. Professor Paul Longley, one of the researchers, said: "The information is not just historical but geographical... We can link names to places - a name is now not just a statement of who you are but where you are."
Most surnames originated in specific places in the world and remain most frequent in those areas, but have often spread to other countries because of migration, the research showed.
Searches for Canada's leaders of the five main federal political parties revealed some mixed results: (organized alphabetically)
On a personal note, I searched for one of my mother's families: DEVLIN. The branch of the family that my mother is descended from emigrated from Ireland to Canada in 1819 settling in Lanark County, Ontario. A search on Public Profiler reveals the following regarding the surname:
- Stéphane Dion's surname is most prevalent, as a percentage of population, in Canada, followed in order by France, United States and Belgium
- Gilles Duceppe's surname is most prevalent, as a percentage of population, in Canada. No statistically relevant distribution outside of Canada.
- Stephen Harper's surname is most prevalent, as a percentage of population, in Great Britain, followed in order by New Zealand, Australia, United States and then Canada
- Jack Layton's surname is most prevalent, as a percentage of population, in Australia, followed in order by United States, Great Britain, New Zealand and then Canada.
- Elizabeth May's surname is most prevalent, as a percentage of population, in Australia, followed in order by Great Britain, New Zealand, United States and then Canada.
When the site was first launched, user traffic was so strong that the site kept crashing. Now that initial surge is over, the site appears to be working nicely.
- Group: Celtic
- Subgroup: Irish
Top Countries (listed by country with Frequency Per Million,FPM)
Top Regions (listed by Region with Frequency Per Million,FPM)
- IRELAND 557.47
- GREAT BRITAIN 234.08
- AUSTRALIA 185.1
- NEW ZEALAND 112.66
- CANADA 94.44
- WESTERN AUSTRALIA , AUSTRALIA 251.52
- VICTORIA , AUSTRALIA 218.99
- MASSACHUSETTS , UNITED STATES 207.23
- TASMANIA , AUSTRALIA 196.3
- AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY , AUSTRALIA 182.65
- ASHINGTON , NORTH , UNITED KINGDOM
- AMSTERDAM , NOORD-HOLLAND , NETHERLANDS
- ARLESEY , SOUTH EAST , UNITED KINGDOM
- ANAHEIM , CALIFORNIA , UNITED STATES
- ALTON , SOUTH EAST , UNITED KINGDOM
You can check out the surnames that interest you at Public Profiler -- and best of all. it's free.
Rick Roberts, GlobalGenealogy.com Inc.
More Genealogy & History Resources from GlobalGenealogy.com:
Pioneers of the Eastern Townships
The Book of Names
[Palatines, Mohawk Valley]
History of King's County
A History of Newfoundland
The Great Historic Families of Scotland - 2 Vol Set
The Lanark Era - Births,
Marriages & Deaths 1895-1936
Pioneer History of County of Lanark [Ontario, Canada]