The Blogging from A to Z Challenge is to post everyday (except Sunday) in the month of April 2016 starting with the letter A and going all the way to Z. The theme I chose is Genealogy Tips. At the end I will give a related post from my blog Genealogy: Beyond the BMD.
O is for Occupations
I figure a few of us are using Occuptaions for the Letter O.
The censuses and city directories tell us our ancestors' occupation - but what does that mean? What does the work entail? What wages do they earn? Maybe your ancestor is a farm labourer - who owns the farm he works on? Is it crops, animals or both? Who owns the iron company or the calico printing factory my ancestors worked for?
My great grandfather was a brass finisher. What is that job? Find the answer in the post Occupations & Wages mentioned below.
Sometimes an ancestor will have other jobs. My 3x great grandfather in Ellon, Scotland was a farm labourer and also a railway labourer. My 2x great grandfather in Canada was a farmer with 100 acres and a carpenter, but also a wheelwright and the local coffin maker.
O is for Optician - Het Menselyk Bedryf
(Book of Trades) by Dutch Artist Jan Luyken
Can you guess what they are? (no googling hehehe)
A Fermorer (in Scotland) and an Armurier (New France) - both from about 1666.
Related Posts: Heigh-ho, heigh-ho
Occupations & Wages
Tricks of the Trade
Guilds & Apprenticeships