Woolsey Family History

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Woolsey Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Wulsi, Old English Wulfsige, composed of the elements wulf ‘wolf’ + sige ‘victory’.

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

Similar surnames: Woolley, Pooley, Hooley, Woosley, Cooksey, Wolfrey, Worley, Tooley

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Woolsey Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Woolsey name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Woolsey. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Woolsey Family Origin

Where is the Woolsey family from?

Woolsey Family Occupations

What did your Woolsey ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, School and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Woolsey. A less common occupation for the Woolsey family was Student. The most common Woolsey occupation in Canada was Farmer. 48% of Woolsey's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • School

  • Labourer

  • Student


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

Woolsey Historical Records

What Woolsey family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 45,000 census records available for the last name Woolsey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Woolseycensus 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Woolsey. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Woolsey. For the veterans among your Woolsey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Woolsey Life Expectancy

What is the average Woolsey lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Woolsey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Woolsey in 1944 was 51, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Woolsey

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Woolsey 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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