Terpstra Family History

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Terpstra Name Meaning

Frisian: topographic name denoting someone who lived on a terp, a prehistoric man-made mound built on lowlying land as a habitation site.

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

Similar surnames: Hornstra, Tuinstra, Feenstra, Kerkstra, Veenstra, Cresta, Foresta

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Terpstra Family Origin

Where is the Terpstra family from?

Terpstra Family Occupations

What did your Terpstra ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Terpstra family was Keeping House. Farmer and Keep House were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Terpstra. The most common Terpstra occupation in the USA was Farmer. 60% of Terpstra's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keep House

  • Keeping House


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

Terpstra Historical Records

What Terpstra family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Terpstra. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Terpstra 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 Terpstra. 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 700 military records available for the last name Terpstra. For the veterans among your Terpstra ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Terpstra Life Expectancy

What is the average Terpstra lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Terpstra life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Terpstra in 1944 was 31, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Terpstra

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Terpstra 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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