Map Your Surname (Distribution Map)

Map Your Surname - Shaking Your Family Tree BlogLast night I decided to¬†journey across the ocean to see if I can figure out my German “Hager” ancestry. Needless to say, I didn’t get very far, but I did find this interesting website. It displays the surname “Hager” on a map! Looks like they are still clustered together in a central area in Germany! Pretty fascinating stuff!

I came across this website with links that allow you to map your Surname within any country.  Since one branch of my family originated from Germany, I thought this would be both fun and interesting! How I stumbled upon this website is a mystery to me, but it did prove itself to be entertaining.

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Connect with family online

Many individuals who do family genealogy know that connecting with family is important. However, some are reluctant to do this. From my own experience I can tell you that I have had the most amazing experiences connecting with family members online. Yes, I have had many emails go without responses, messages apparently ignored, incorrect email addresses returned, and replies similar to “I’m not related” to your family. I’ve had message board inquiries sit for months and years with no response. However, mixed in with those experiences, I have had replies that changed my life!

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What a week it has been!

This week has been very interesting in my genealogy quest! I have recently picked up my family notes, found a few old family pictures, reconnected with family members (new and old), discovered a 3rd cousin of my great grandmother, updated a few Find A Grave memorials, started a blog, and so much more!

Whew! What a long strange trip it’s been! I can’t wait to see what next week holds for me! I think I’m going to connect this blog with an older one I started.

Take care and happy searching! Shake those trees – you never know what you will uncover!