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Distribution of the HOLST family in Germany:

This surname is an example of a moderately common surname (3638 listings) with a major concentration in a single area. The majority of the HOLST families are found in the area around Hamburg and in Schleswig-Holstein and Niedersachen (Lower Saxony). Although the name is found in all the other German states except Saarland and Thuringia, 67% of the listings are in those three locations. Although this information does not provide you with a single town name in which to start your search, it can direct you to the proper state archives in which to start your research. Writing to the appropriate state archives with the details on your immigrant ancestor may then lead you to the village of their origin.

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