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South Family History

South Name Meaning
English: from Middle English south, hence a topographic name for someone who lived to the south of a settlement or a regional name for someone who had migrated from the south.

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

801,500 Historical Documents and Family Trees with South on Ancestry.com
237,118 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
85,380 Military Records
8,063 Immigration Records
138,892 Census and Voter Lists
332,047 Member Family Trees

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Name Distribution of South Families

  • Number of South families
     67 - 131
     23 - 66
     1 - 22
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of South families
     361 - 720
     121 - 360
     1 - 120
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of South families
     8 - 13
     3 - 7
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

South census records

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South 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 South 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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South Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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You can find out when most of the South 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 South

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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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South Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

South census records

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

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

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South 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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