Surnames of Interest

Surnames and locations of branches of my family tree that are featured on this blog or that I’m currently researching: (Click on the surname to find blog posts relating to that family.)

  • Drake
    • Kane County and DeKalb County, Illinois (1840s – present day)
    • Allegheny County, New York (1830-1850s)
    • Windsor and Windham County, Vermont (1760-1830)
    • Taunton, Massachusetts (?-1760)
  • Fish
    • Kane County and DeKalb County, Illinois (1845-1890)
    • Ashtabula County, Ohio (1820s-1840s)
    • Connecticut (prior to 1820s)
  • Medine
    • DeKalb County, Illinois (1880s and after)
    • Holstein, Germany (1870s-1880s)
    • Kronoberg County, Sweden (prior to 1880s)
  • Schroeder
    • Schönberg, Holstein, Germany (prior to 1880s)


  • Kaiser (also spelled Kayser or Keiser)
    • DeKalb County, Illinois (after ~1890)
    • Whiteside County, Illinois (~1865 – ~1890)
    • Luzerne County, Pennsylvania (~1851 – 1920s)
    • Eisenberg, Pfaltz, Bayern, Germany (before 1850)
  • Lawrence
    • DeKalb County, Illinois (after 1860s)
    • England (prior to 1850)


  • Weil (also spelled Weihl)
    • Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (1880s – 1950s)
    • Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany (prior to 1880)
  • Metz
    • Maulbach, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany (prior to 1880)
    • Nieder-Ofleiden, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany


  • Wischmeyer
    • Chicago, Illinois (after about 1898)
    • Rabber, Hannover, Germany (and surrounding region) (prior to 1900)
  • Mueller
    • Chicago, Illinois (after 1856)
    • Mecklenberg, Germany (prior to 1856)
  • Nahrstaedt
    • Chicago, Illinois (after 1891)
    • Sandau, Sachsen, Hannover, Germany (~1875 – 1891)
    • Mecklenberg, Germany (prior to 1880)

3 thoughts on “Surnames of Interest

  1. Welcome to Geneabloggers!
    Reading your blog, it struck me that the deRin name sounds Dutch. Being Dutch myself, I was very much interested. I also have a blog with many genealogical subjects. One of my posts shows a survey of foreign genealogical blogs/sites showing Dutch origin surnames. The URL is The idea is to try and establish contacts between people who have an interest in the same surname. There are numerous cases in The Netherlands where people emigrated centuries ago without leaving a trace in Dutch archives. With my blog I try to bring Dutch and foreign (mainly US/CAN) genealogists together.
    Therefore, I like to have your permission to show your site in my a.m. blog.
    I look forward to your reaction!
    Kind regards,
    PS One of the largest Dutch databases shows 9 hits for ‘de Rin’, all in the 17th/18th/19th century.


    1. Hello Peter!

      I don’t know much about the deRin family, except that one woman married one of my relatives. That is not my direct line, so I haven’t done much research on her, but I do know that her parents immigrated from Italy after 1900. Hope this helps. You have a very interesting blog!


      1. Hi EvaAnne,

        Thanks for your reaction and for taking a look at my blog!
        If your deRin seems to originate in Italy, I’ll leave it at that. There is no indication that this family name is solely Dutch. So incorporating it in the post mentioned earlier does not seem to be useful.

        Kind regards,


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