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If you are looking for information about an ancestor who worked for a railroad, Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) may be able to help. Try this search of the Card Catalog for:

 Keyword(s) railroad

It returns eight results, five of which include records of railroad employees (or pensions provided to long term railroad employees).

·         California, Railroad Employment Records, 1862-1950 [5,689,563]
·         U.S., Railroad Retirement Pension Index, 1934-1987 [1,514,828]
·         U.S., Chicago and North Western Railroad Employment Records, 1935-1970 [1,095,646]
·         Western Australia, Railway Records, 1879-1986 [194,102]
·         Utah, Select Union Pacific Railroad Personnel Records, 1890-1965 [4,984]

It certainly seems possible that one of these 8 million records may provide information on your railroad employee ancestor. The information provided varies by record, but can include:

·         Name
·         Birth place
·         Birth date
·         Father
·         Mother
·         Occupation
·         Place of employment
·         Employer name
·         Salary
·         Payroll deductions
·         Date of death
·         Claim ID (Social Security number)

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