It’s Labor Day weekend in the United States, an occasion that always makes me think about what my ancestors did for a living. Perhaps this is a good time to consider your own ancestors from an occupational perspective.
The occupation of your ancestor and family members can provide a great deal of contextual information for your research. Published local histories and newspaper accounts provide the geographical and social backdrop for your ancestors, but learning more about what he or she did for a living can help you understand more clearly what kind of life he or she led in that place at that time.
There are many places to learn about a person’s occupation at various times during his or her life. The types of records available to you will, of course, depend on the time period and the location. Let’s explore some of the many places where occupational information can be found.
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