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Schafer Family History

Schafer Name Meaning
German (Schäfer) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): see Schaefer.

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

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200,161 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
50,670 Military Records
30,500 Immigration Records
106,406 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Schafer Families

  • Number of Schafer families
     220 - 437
     74 - 219
     1 - 73
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Schafer families
     66 - 130
     23 - 65
     1 - 22
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Schafer last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Schafer census records

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Schafer 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 Schafer families were living before they immigrated to the U.S and learn where to focus your search for foreign records.

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Schafer Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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You can find out when most of the Schafer 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 Schafer

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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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Schafer Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Schafer census records

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

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Schafer 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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