Gerster Family History

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Gerster Name Meaning

South German and Swiss German: occupational name for a farmer, or specifically a grower of or dealer in barley, from an agent derivative of Middle High German gerste ‘barley’. See also Gerst.

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

Similar surnames: Gersten, Gerst, Geister, Geiser, Geisler, Gensler, Gerstner, Gerstle

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Gerster Family Origin

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Gerster Family Occupations

What did your Gerster ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Brewer, Carpenter and Dressmaker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gerster. A less common occupation for the Gerster family was Farmer. The most common Gerster occupation in the USA was Brewer. 8% of Gerster's were Brewers.

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  • Brewer

  • Carpenter

  • Dressmaker

  • Farmer


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

Gerster Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Gerster. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gerster 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 Gerster. 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 524 military records available for the last name Gerster. For the veterans among your Gerster ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gerster Life Expectancy

What is the average Gerster lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2003, in the United States, Gerster life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1977, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Gerster in 1963 was 61, and 80 in 2003.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gerster

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gerster 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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