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Petersen Family History

Petersen Name Meaning
Danish, Norwegian, Dutch, and North German: patronymic from Peter.

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

1,372,154 Historical Documents with Petersen on Ancestry.com
573,568 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
49,299 Military Records
140,456 Immigration Records
206,475 Census and Voter Lists
402,356 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Petersen Families

  • Number of Petersen families
     405 - 807
     136 - 404
     1 - 135
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Petersen families
     35 - 68
     12 - 34
     1 - 11
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Petersen families
     8 - 14
     3 - 7
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Petersen census records

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Petersen 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 Petersen 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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Petersen Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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You can find out when most of the Petersen 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 Petersen

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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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Petersen Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Petersen census records

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

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

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Petersen Civil War Service Records

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

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