Follow Friday – Geogen German Surname Mapping

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Follow Friday – Geogen German Surname Mapping

Today’s Follow Friday is for Geogen, the German and Austrian surname mapping Web site. There are lots of surname mapping sites out there, but this is the only one I know of that focusses exclusively on Germany and Austria.

It’s the brainchild of Christoph Stöpel, a software developer from Ludwigsfelde, Germany.

About Geogen, Stöpel writes:

“Geogen is the short form for ‘geographical genealogy’ which means location-based ancestor research. On this website you can create maps which show the distribution of surnames in Germany and Austria. Significant concentrations can point to a local root of the family or of the family name.”

It’s best to search in German. Stöpel advises: “Enter your surname in the upper input field and click the »Research« button. German special characters (ä, ö, ü and ß) are distinct letters. This means you must look for Mueller and Müller in separate searches.”

Questions? You can contact Stöpel at

Happy searching!

By |17 Sep 2010|Follow Friday, German Research|Comments Off on Follow Friday – Geogen German Surname Mapping

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