For my GRANT surname, I learned that -
The Grant surname distribution map for 1840 -
|Grant surname distribution in 1840|
The GRANT surname distribution map for 1880 -
|Grant surname distribution in 1880|
The GRANT surname distribution map for 1920 -
|Grant surname distribution in 1920|
There are a few other facts about the Grant surname from the same link on Ancestry -
Family origin of the Grant surname in the US -
from the New York Passengers List
Ancestry computes the number of Grant families who immigrated to the United States thru New York for the period, 1851 - 1891. These Grant families came after my direct ancestors who were living in Massachusetts and Rhode Island by the mid-17th century.
|Grant immigration information, 1851- 1891|
|Average Life expectancy for persons with the Grant surname|
Family Occupations from the 1880 US census data-
Ancestry.com has a large index for Civil War soldiers. From its Civil War Service Records index, there were 2845 men with the Grant surname in the Civil War. Twice as many served in the Union Army as the Confederate Army - the numbers were 1881 for the Union and 964 for the Confederates. All of my known Grant ancestor Civil War soldiers were in the Union Army. This is not surprising since they all came from Rhode Island and Massachusetts!
And lastly, Ancestry maintains the message boards on Rootsweb. There are 34 messages on 2347 threads. Some might have been posted by me way back when I first started looking into my family history about the year 2000. Now social media is used much more for querying about ancestors.
All in all, this was an interesting project. I think I need to do it also soon for my maternal line of Veith. I suspect there will be far fewer individuals with that surname, and possibly more useful information can be gleamed.
Thanks Randy for a fun project!.