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Chain Family History

Chain Name Meaning
French: from Old French chain, a device for catching birds, possibly applied as a metonymic occupational name for a bird-catcher or a hunter. In some cases it may be an American spelling of the French topographic surname Chêne (see Chene).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

52,308 Historical Documents with Chain on Ancestry.com
8,760 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
3,771 Military Records
1,715 Immigration Records
8,344 Census and Voter Lists
29,718 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Chain Families

  • Number of Chain families
     25 - 47
     9 - 24
     1 - 8
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Chain families
     4 - 5
     2 - 3
     1
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Chain families
     4 - 5
     2 - 3
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Chain census records

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Census records can tell you little-known facts about your ancestors such as birthplace, occupation and value of personal estate.

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Chain Family Origin

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The information for this chart came from the U.S. Immigration Collection at Ancestry.com. You can find out where the majority of the Chain families were living before they immigrated to the U.S and learn where to focus your search for foreign records.

Immigration records can tell you an ancestor's name, ship name, port of departure, port of arrival, and destination.

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Chain Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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You can find out when most of the Chain families immigrated to the United States. You can focus your search to immigration records dating from that era.

Immigration records can tell you an ancestor's name, ship name, port of departure, port of arrival and destination.

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Average Life Expectancy for Chain

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family.

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Chain Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Chain census records

Census records can offer a lot of little known facts about your Chain ancestors, such as occupation.

Occupation can tell you about your ancestors' social status and economic status.

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Chain Civil War Service Records

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You can find out if your ancestors came primarily from the North of the South.

Military records can tell you an ancestor's birthplace, occupation, and even physical description.

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