Geogen German Surname Mapping

Have you tried the Geogen German surname mapping 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. Geogen is brainchild of Christoph Stöpel, a software developer from Ludwigsfelde, Germany.

About Geogen German Surname Mapping

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 on the Geogen German surname mapping site. And for more help with German genealogy research, try these posts from Sassy Jane.

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”

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