Gerst Family History

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Gerst Name Meaning

German: metonymic occupational name for a grower of or dealer in barley, or possibly more generally for a farmer, from Middle High German gerste ‘barley’.

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

Similar surnames: Geist, Gerlt, Wurst, Geiss, Gerstle, Gast, Herdt, West, Oest, Hirst

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Gerst Family Origin

Where is the Gerst family from?

Gerst Family Occupations

What did your Gerst ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Merchant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gerst. A less common occupation for the Gerst family was Keeping House. The most common Gerst occupation in the USA was Farmer. 19% of Gerst's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Merchant

  • Keeping House


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

Gerst Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Gerst. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gerst 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gerst. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Gerst. For the veterans among your Gerst ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gerst Life Expectancy

What is the average Gerst lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Gerst life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Gerst in 1940 was 30, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gerst

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gerst 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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