Dotson Family History

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Dotson Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the personal name Dodde (see Dodd).

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

Similar surnames: Dobson, Dopson, Dowson, Dodson, Watson, Gosson, Hobson, Hutson

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Dotson Family Origin

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Dotson Family Occupations

What did your Dotson ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Dotson family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dotson. The most common Dotson occupation in the USA was Farmer. 53% of Dotson's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Dotson Historical Records

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Census Record

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

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Dotson. 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 Dotson. For the veterans among your Dotson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dotson Life Expectancy

What is the average Dotson lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Dotson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Dotson in 1941 was 31, and 71 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dotson 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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