Besley Family History

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Besley Name Meaning

English: southern variant of Beasley.

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


Similar surnames: Beesley, Beley, Berley, Beasley, Beeley, Bexley, Bosley, Bewley

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Besley Family Origin

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Besley Family Occupations

What did your Besley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Brewer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Besley. A less common occupation for the Besley family was Keeping House. The most common Besley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Besley's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    38%
  • Laborer

    10%
  • Brewer

    6%
  • Keeping House

    6%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Besley ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Besley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Besley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Besley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1940's US census records for Besley

Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Besley. 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 Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Besley. For the veterans among your Besley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Besley Life Expectancy

What is the average Besley lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Besley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1992, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Besley in 1962 was 86, and 90 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Besley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Besley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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