Gilster Family History

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Gilster Name Meaning

German: probably a nickname, either from an agent derivative of Middle High German gelstern ‘to yell or shout’ or from Low German gilsterig ‘lascivious’.

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


Similar surnames: Galster, Gitter, Gerster, Giltner, Finster, Polster, Gieser, Ganster

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Gilster Family Origin

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Gilster Family Occupations

What did your Gilster ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Gilster occupation in the USA was Boat Builder. 33% of Gilster's were Boat Builders. Boat Builder and Farmer were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Gilster. A less common occupation for the Gilster family was Keeps House.

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  • Boat Builder

    33%
  • Farmer

    33%
  • Keeps House

    33%

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

Gilster Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Gilster. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gilster 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Gilster. 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 Gilster. For the veterans among your Gilster ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gilster Life Expectancy

What is the average Gilster lifespan?

Between 1966 and 2004, in the United States, Gilster life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1999, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for Gilster in 1966 was 73, and 30 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gilster

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gilster 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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