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Fascinating Illustrated Map Shows The Ancestry Of EVERY County In The US

If you love learning about ancestry and heritage, you absolutely have to have a look at this amazing map posted by Jessica Jerreat on the Mail Online. It shows the ancestry of every county in the whole United States!

This fascinating map shows the ancestry of people in every single county in the United States. It shows the heritage of 317 million modern Americans. The different clusters also indicate where immigrants from different countries settled when they arrived in America. The biggest ancestry grouping appears to be of German descent, with as many as 50 million Americans having German heritage. The second biggest grouping is of African American descent, at roughly 40 million people.

This fantastic map also includes many other peoples, such as Mexican, Irish, English, French, Italian and Polish. Some people are not sure of their heritage, so they listed it as ‘American’. Others did so because they know that they are descended from the original settlers.

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49,206,934 Germans

41,284,752 Black or African Americans

Historic Moment: A painting of Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA depicting the Landing of Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock
Historic Moment: A painting of Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA depicting the Landing of Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock

35,523,082 Irish

31,789,483 Mexican

26,923,091 English

19,911,467 Americans

Nebraska, USA --- A family poses with the covered wagon in which they live and travel daily during their pursuit of a homestead. Loup Valley, Nebraska. 1886
Nebraska, USA — A family poses with the covered wagon in which they live and travel daily during their pursuit of a homestead. Loup Valley, Nebraska. 1886

17,558,598 Italian

9,739,653 Polish

9,136,092 French

Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty National Monument, New Jersey, New York City, USA --- A portrait of Polish and Slavic immigrant women wearing I.D. tags at the turn of the 20th century
Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty National Monument, New Jersey, New York City, USA — A portrait of Polish and Slavic immigrant women wearing I.D. tags at the turn of the 20th century
Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty National Monument, New Jersey, New York City, USA --- Immigrants stand with members of the New York Bible Society
Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty National Monument, New Jersey, New York City, USA — Immigrants stand with members of the New York Bible Society
Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty National Monument, New Jersey, New York City, USA: Immigrants on line leaving Ellis Island waiting for ferry to N.Y
Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty National Monument, New Jersey, New York City, USA: Immigrants on line leaving Ellis Island waiting for ferry to N.Y

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  • What a fascinating presentation.

  • John Russell

    Who is in the group called Americans, that are not Native Americans?

    • gary

      Those who were not sure of there heritage listed themselves as American. And also those who were escaping there heritage. And those who were descended from the war of independence. The Native Americans recognized these freedom fighters as Americans and the British as British and the French as French and the Spanish as Spaniard. So anyway, the builders of the Constitution officially declared the word American. As I understand it taught to me anyway.

    • Michele

      Read the article. Wow

  • Shelby Morrison

    I also would like an operational definition of “Americans” . This is, indeed, a fascinating map.

  • Terri

    What about any Russians, small island natives, other people from South America, etc. that have come here
    over time?

  • Terri

    What about the Lithuanians, and other countries in Europe?
    Your map is incomplete.

    • Mr.Derlin Gerard Clair

      You,re right,Terri.As inclusive as it is,it still didn,t include immigrants from Lithuania,and the other Baltic republics.Of course back in the 19th century,and early 20th century,they most probably would have been considered part of the so-called”Russian Empire”.Also,it doesn,t seem to mention Hungarians,Austrians,Yugoslavs,Albanians,Bulgarians either.Of course,Hungarians,and Czechs would probably have during most of the 19th,and early 20th Centuries been included in the “Austro-Hungarian Empire”.And no mention either of immigrants from the middle east,such as Armenians,Turks,Lebanese,Egytians,and Syrians,some of whom were Christians,not Moslems,Terri.Thanks for your very observant comment,my dear young lady.Merci beaucoup,ma chere amie Terri,and God bless you,your dear pets,and kindly keep everyone well & safe,my dear.

    • Elmer

      The map is not all inclusive of every nationality or ethnicity because it is showing the majority ethnicity of each county.. If an ethnicity is not shown.. it means it is not the majority ethnicity for any county in the United States.