You can pay $29.95 for a book of interesting facts, statistics and commentary about your surname, if it’s one of the 279,000 last names covered in the series. That accounts for nearly 90 percent of US households.
The books’ content is based on Ancestry.com’s historical records, but don’t expect to find information about any particular family.
It’s more along the lines of the “Did you know?” tidbits that pop up when you search Ancestry.com. For example, I’ll look for census records of my great-grandfather and learn “Most Haddad families (47) living in the US in 1920 lived in CT.”
According to the Our Name in History description for a book about my surname (4,872nd most common, says the census bureau), “You’ll get a better idea of where people sharing the Haddad name settled and where they may reside today in the United States, Canada, England and other countries.”
If you’re running out of time to pull together those impressive genealogy books you planned on giving relatives for the holidays, one of these surname books could be a somewhat-paler-but-still-sort-of-