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Wilson Family History

Wilson Name Meaning
English, Scottish, and northern Irish: patronymic from the personal name Will, a very common medieval short form of William.

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

25,837,336 Historical Documents with Wilson on Ancestry.co.uk
7,192,767 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
851,536 Military Records
644,553 Immigration Records
5,511,378 Census and Voter Lists
11,637,102 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Wilson Families

  • Number of Wilson families
     11,524 - 23,046
     3,842 - 11,523
     1 - 3,841
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Wilson families
     5,850 - 11,698
     1,951 - 5,849
     1 - 1,950
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Wilson census records

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Wilson Family Origin

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Wilson Emigration Information (US)

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Wilson Emigration Information (AU)

from the Australian Convict Transportation Registers 1787-1868

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You can find out when most of the Wilson families immigrated to Australia. You can focus your search to emigration records dating from that era.

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Wilson Family Occupations

from 1881 UK Census Data

Wilson census records

Census records can offer a lot of little known facts about your Wilson ancestors, such as occupation.

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Military Service by Wilson

Did the Wilsons fight in a war? Military records can tell you a lot about your ancestors including birthplace, occupation and even physical descriptions.

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