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Jems Family History

Jems Name Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.

Similar surnames: Jens, Ems, Jess, Reis, James, Kemp, Lees, Ness, Meis, Hees

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Where is the Jems family from?

You can see how Jems families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jems family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1880 and 1920. The most Jems families were found in USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 6 Jems families living in Alabama. This was about 50% of all the recorded Jems's in USA. Alabama had the highest population of Jems families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Jems surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Jems ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Jems. 100% of Jems women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
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Census Records

There are 554 census records available for the last name Jems. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Jems census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 54 immigration records available for the last name Jems. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 22 military records available for the last name Jems. For the veterans among your Jems ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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