Wels Family History

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Wels Name Meaning

German: habitational name from Wels in Upper Austria.

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

Similar surnames: Welz, Welt, Els, Fels, Well, Pels, Welsh, Wess, Wells, Wehle

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Wels Family Origin

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Wels Family Occupations

What did your Wels ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Wels occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Wels's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Wels family was Day Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wels.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Day Laborer


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

Wels Historical Records

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Census Record

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

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Wels Life Expectancy

What is the average Wels lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2003, in the United States, Wels life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1974, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Wels in 1963 was 82, and 81 in 2003.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wels

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wels 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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