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:
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:
· Birth place
· Birth date
· Place of employment
· Employer name
· Payroll deductions
· Date of death
· Claim ID (Social Security number)
You can use Ancestry LE for free at Central Library and our branches.