Ancestral Occupations

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Ancestors

It is interesting to see what occupations were followed by my direct ancestors.

There have been clear instances of families (either siblings or descandants) following identical or related trades.
It is perhaps surprising that as the most common occupation (until the 20th century) was labourer or agricultural labourer, how few of my ancestors worked in that line.

Occupations

This is the list of occupations of my direct ancestors, grouped by gender, and sorted alphabetically.
Each line represents one individual.
I have ignored occupations from census records such as Scholar for children, or Tailors Wife for spouses.
For people with multiple occupations in their lifetime I have eliminated those of very short duration, and included all of significance - those are comma separated.

Males
Agricultural Labourer
Agricultural Labourer
Baker
Bricklayer's Labourer
Brushmaker, Oil & Colourman
Carpenter, Coal Merchant
Colonial Broker's Clerk
Confectioner Baker
Dyer
Farm Steward & Bailiff
Furnace Man, Copper Works Foreman
Gamekeeper
Gamekeeper
Gardener
Gardener
Gentleman
Glass Cutter
Groom, Farmer
Hand Loom Silk Weaver
Horsekeeper
House Painter (Master), Plumber
Husbandman
Labourer
Labourer
Letterpress Printer
Linen Draper, Haberdasher
Painter & House Decorator
Platelayer, Police Constable
Pork Butcher, Beerhouse Keeper
Post Office Engineer
Printer, Bookbinder, Bookseller
Railway Level Crossing Gatekeeper
Railway Platelayer
Royal Navy Sick Berth Petty Officer, Post Office Telephones Engineer
Sergeant 73rd Regt
Shoemaker
Shoemaker
Stationer's Warehouseman
Tailor
Tailor, Publican
Tailor (Master)
Tailor (Master)
Wheelwright
Yeoman
Yeoman
Yeoman

Married woman generally did not have occupations, and marrying in their early 20s meant that for most of their adult lives they were looking after the home & family and were not breadwinners.
In my family it appears they either took over their husband's occupation upon his death or undertook work that was part-time in nature.

Females
Charwoman
Children's Milliner
Domestic Cook
Dressmaker
Dressmaker
Farmer
Greengrocer
Laundress
Laundress
Laundress
Tobacconist

Page Created: 22-Jul-2008
Page Modified: 23-Jul-2008

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