Shafer Family History

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Shafer Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of German Schaefer ‘shepherd’ or Schaffer ‘steward’.

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


Similar surnames: Shaffer, Shaefer, Shader, Shaner, Shaver, Schafer, Shafter, Schaffer

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Shafer Family Origin

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Shafer Family Occupations

What did your Shafer ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Shafer family was Carpenter. The most common Shafer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 42% of Shafer's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shafer.

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  • Farmer

    42%
  • Laborer

    9%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Carpenter

    4%

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

Shafer Historical Records

What Shafer family records will you find?

Census Record

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

Search 1940's US census records for Shafer

Passenger List

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

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Shafer Life Expectancy

What is the average Shafer lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Shafer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Shafer in 1941 was 35, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shafer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shafer 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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