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Old Family History

Old Name Meaning
English: from Middle English old, not necessarily implying old age, but rather used to distinguish an older from a younger bearer of the same personal name.North German form of Alt, like the English name a distinguishing name for the older of two bearers of a personal name.Americanized form of German Alt.

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

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62,899 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
85,971 Military Records
3,779 Immigration Records
35,177 Census and Voter Lists
194,961 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Old Families

  • Number of Old families
     24 - 46
     9 - 23
     1 - 8
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Old families
     131 - 259
     44 - 130
     1 - 43
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Old families
     26 - 50
     9 - 25
     1 - 8
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Old Family Origin

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Old Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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

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Average Life Expectancy for Old

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Old Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Old census records

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Old Civil War Service Records

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