Berkshire Family History

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Berkshire Name Meaning

English: regional name denoting someone from the county of Berkshire in central southern England. The place name is derived from a Celtic name meaning ‘hilly place’ + Old English scir ‘shire’.

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


Similar surnames: Cheshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkheimer, Beresford, Shropshire

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Berkshire Family Origin

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Berkshire Family Occupations

What did your Berkshire ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Berkshire occupation in the USA was Farmer. 50% of Berkshire's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Berkshire family was Keeping House. Farmer, Carpenter and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Berkshire.

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  • Farmer

    50%
  • Carpenter

    8%
  • Laborer

    6%
  • Keeping House

    5%

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

Berkshire Historical Records

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Census Record

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

Search 1881 Canadian census records for Berkshire

Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Berkshire. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, 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 Berkshire. For the veterans among your Berkshire ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Berkshire Life Expectancy

What is the average Berkshire lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Berkshire life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1993, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Berkshire in 1963 was 73, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Berkshire

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Berkshire 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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