Genest Family History

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Genest Name Meaning

French: topographic name for someone who lived by a patch of broom, Old French genest(e) (from Late Latin (planta) genesta). German: cognate of 1, from Latin.

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

Similar surnames: Gent, Geist, Gest, West, Hengst, Gonet, Gentes, Great, Gerst, Gelnett

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Genest Family Origin

Where is the Genest family from?

Genest Family Occupations

What did your Genest ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Genest family was Cult. Cultivateur, Journalier and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Genest. The most common Genest occupation in Canada was Cultivateur. 24% of Genest's were Cultivateurs.

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  • Cultivateur

  • Journalier

  • School

  • Cult


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

Genest Historical Records

What Genest family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Genest. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Genest 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 Genest. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Genest. For the veterans among your Genest ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Genest Life Expectancy

What is the average Genest lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Genest life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Genest in 1954 was 50, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Genest

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Genest 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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