A Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the Classification of Occupations used in the Census of Population [for Great Britain], 1921.

A Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the Classification of Occupations used in the Census of Population, 1921 was published in 1927 and, as the full title indicates, it was based on the classification of occupations used in the 1921 UK census. It obviously is a great resource when tracing ancestry in Great Britain. However, many of the occupations listed in this book also were commonly used in all the other English-speaking countries so the use of this reference book is not limited to only the “mother country.”

Originally published as a printed book, the Dictionary of Occupational Terms is by far the most comprehensive dictionary of British occupations, with almost 30,000 terms, and includes (sometimes very detailed) descriptions of the activities that each occupation involves.

A Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the Classification of Occupations used in the Census of Population, 1921 is extremely rare. In the British Isles, copies are available in only three of the six legal deposit libraries, four university libraries, two public libraries, and the London Library. The UK National Archives has two copies, one in the document collection and one on the shelves in the Research & Enquiries Room. Copies occasionally surface in the second-hand book trade.

HOWEVER, thousands of genealogists can now access this useful reference book online on the Internet at no charge. CD-ROM copies are also available for £7 (approximately $9.05 in US dollars).

A Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the Classification of Occupations used in the Census of Population, 1921 is available http://doot.spub.co.uk/.

My thanks to Peter Christian for telling me about this valuable resource.

2 Comments

Jeraldene Bloom Stephenson August 31, 2017 at 5:21 pm

I keep getting error that my bandwidth has been exceeded and it will not open for me. Too large a file, I guess.

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