Gilmer Family History

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Gilmer Name Meaning

Scottish and Irish: variant of Gilmore. (In Ireland, it is most likely an Americanized form of the Sligo name Mac Giolla Mhir.) German: from the short form of a Germanic personal name composed with gisil ‘pledge’, ‘hostage’, ‘noble youth’ (see Giesel).

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

Similar surnames: Hilmer, Giller, Wilmer, Kilmer, Gilger, Kimmer, Simmer, Gille, Hiller

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Gilmer Family Origin

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Gilmer Family Occupations

What did your Gilmer ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Gilmer family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gilmer. The most common Gilmer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 43% of Gilmer's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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

Gilmer Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Gilmer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gilmer 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 Gilmer. 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 Gilmer. For the veterans among your Gilmer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gilmer Life Expectancy

What is the average Gilmer lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Gilmer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Gilmer in 1942 was 41, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gilmer 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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