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Purves Family History

Purves Name Meaning
Scottish: variant spelling of Purvis.

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

121,159 Historical Documents with Purves on Ancestry.com
35,361 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
1,802 Military Records
4,431 Immigration Records
27,610 Census and Voter Lists
51,955 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Purves Families

  • Number of Purves families
     12 - 22
     5 - 11
     1 - 4
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Purves families
     111 - 220
     38 - 110
     1 - 37
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Purves families
     278 - 554
     93 - 277
     1 - 92
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Purves census records

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Purves 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 Purves 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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Purves Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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You can find out when most of the Purves 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 Purves

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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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Purves Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Purves census records

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

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

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Purves 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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