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Shaffer Family History

Shaffer Name Meaning
Americanized spelling of German Schaffer ‘steward’ or of Schaefer ‘shepherd’.

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

1,381,034 Historical Documents with Shaffer on Ancestry.com
271,655 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
51,258 Military Records
8,870 Immigration Records
228,213 Census and Voter Lists
821,038 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Shaffer Families

  • Number of Shaffer families
     1,341 - 2,679
     448 - 1,340
     1 - 447
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Shaffer families
     10 - 17
     4 - 9
     1 - 3
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Shaffer families
     2 - 1
     2 - 1
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Shaffer census records

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Shaffer Family Origin

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Shaffer Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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You can find out when most of the Shaffer 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 Shaffer

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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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Shaffer Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Shaffer census records

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Shaffer Civil War Service Records

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