Shaefer Family History

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Shaefer Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of German and Jewish Schaefer ‘shepherd’.

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

Similar surnames: Shaffer, Shafer, Schaefer, Shaeffer, Sheffer, Shaner, Shiffer, Sheler

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Shaefer Family Origin

Where is the Shaefer family from?

Shaefer Family Occupations

What did your Shaefer ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Shaefer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 25% of Shaefer's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Shaefer family was Farming. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shaefer.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farming


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

Shaefer Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Shaefer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shaefer 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 811 immigration records available for the last name Shaefer. 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 991 military records available for the last name Shaefer. For the veterans among your Shaefer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shaefer Life Expectancy

What is the average Shaefer lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Shaefer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Shaefer in 1959 was 46, and 83 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shaefer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shaefer 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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