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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: On Line Sources for Old Occupations

    These are a few good links, which I will keep at the top of the Forum with a sticky. Feel free to add more good (non commercial) sites that you know of. http://rmhh.co.uk/occup/index.html www.onealwebsite.com/oldoccs.htm http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/Occupations.html

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 21-01-2008 11:42 PM
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  1. Red face Boots the Chemist

    Anyone familiar with my previous postings will know that I am somewhat searching for a needle in a haystack! Although it seems my granddad was illegitimate, myself and my family recall him telling stories of his father having a connection with Boots the Chemist in the early 1900's. Anyone any...

    Started by A Lee‎, 02-05-2006 11:02 AM
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    03-05-2006, 4:56 PM Go to last post
  2. Page Boy?

    Can anyone tell me what a 'Page Boy' would have done? I've googled and also looked at a couple of 'Old Occupation' websites, but am none the wiser. I always thought a Page Boy was a rather medieval occupation or something to do with Henry VIII... but I've got a 13-year old (who was born in...

    Started by Lindad‎, 01-05-2006 4:12 PM
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  3. What did a Planisher do?

    This entry was found on my Gt Grandfathers Wedding Certificate from 1901. It's clearly written so the spellings not in question. His father is noted as being a Planisher too. I've checked out most of the web sites which hold details of old occupations and have come up with nothing. On his...

    Started by Karina001‎, 08-04-2006 10:19 AM
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    08-04-2006, 11:14 AM Go to last post
  4. What was/is a 'Clicker'?

    Is anyone able to tell me what a 'clicker' was/is? The occupation is referenced in a 1947 South Australian Government Gazette and has got me stumped. Any suggestions would be most welcome. Many thanks, Philippa

    Started by Philippa Todd‎, 27-02-2006 12:10 PM
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    07-04-2006, 12:15 AM Go to last post
  5. Post Gunpowder workers

    This was a very dangerous occupation at various places throughout Britain. Explosions often took place, causing death and injury. There is a publication called 'Gunpowder Mills Gazetteer' by Glenys Crocker ISBN 0 903090 97 X - not sure where you would get it from. I bought mine at Faversham...

    Started by Davran‎, 13-01-2006 8:10 PM
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    01-04-2006, 12:45 PM Go to last post
  6. Question Occupation puzzle

    This is really a follow on from my post here. http://www.british-genealogy.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11814 I have since received some additional certs and it all becomes more confusing. Just want some opinions on what this chaps occupation was and any explanination for being a soldier in...

    Started by awgen‎, 24-03-2006 4:24 PM
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    27-03-2006, 3:04 PM Go to last post
  7. Question What is a "Compositor" ??

    One of my ancestors is described as a "Compositor". I have a vague notion that this is something to do with printing but can anyone tell me what exactly it involved?? LIZA

    Started by Liza‎, 12-03-2006 6:49 PM
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  8. Question old bond street, London

    I have been told a relative had a business in Old Bond street, London in the 1920's. How would I find out exactly what the business was? Are there directories that I could check on-line? Thanks for any help. Antonia

    Started by Antonia‎, 23-02-2006 6:15 PM
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  9. Pullier House & Brickmaker?

    Dear Anybody Can someone please tell me what the first part of this occupation is? Thomas Ogden lived and worked around Manchester - Salford. I found him in the 1871 Census in Salford described as a 'pullier house +. brickmaker'. The actual description could have a 't' instead of the '+'...

    Started by Karyn Ogden‎, 19-02-2006 12:38 AM
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  10. Waywarden

    Can anyone flesh out for me the duties of a waywarden in 18th century rural Dorset? I know it was a person responsible for seeing the roads were clear and maintained, but was this a part time position? (My waywarden relative seems to have had another job as well.) Was it reimbursed? What...

    Started by daleaway‎, 15-02-2006 6:54 AM
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  11. Question Farm Bailiff

    Hello all It seems that one of my GGGrandads was Farm Bailiff to one W.Pothecary, Esq; Fifehead, Hampshire. What exactly did a Farm Bailiff do? I would appreciate your help please....thanks Hope

    Started by hope full‎, 15-02-2006 1:11 AM
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    15-02-2006, 8:13 PM Go to last post
  12. Question NUM Records

    I am trying to find out where I can access membership records for the NUM from the 1800's My wife has an ancestor who worked down the pit in Wigan. I was wondering how I Could find out more about him through Union Records. Can anyone help me? Thanks Francis.

    Started by Francis Calvert‎, 14-02-2006 6:05 PM
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  13. Question Female GP

    I have in my family a Florence Elizabeth Sexton b1878, who is supposed (by family lore) to be the first woman GP. She is supposed to have trained as a doctor and not been allowed to practice, so became a vet. However, the family moved to Jersey, Channel Islands, where she is recorded as working...

    Started by Davran‎, 13-01-2006 7:49 PM
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  14. Local Assistant Overseer of the Poor

    I have a relative who on the 1901 Census was listed with the above Occupation. Any ideas what it is?

    Started by Blain‎, 10-02-2006 5:46 PM
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  15. Wink Trend Setter?

    In the 1960's (approximately), if a woman stayed home to look after the children and somebody asked her occupation, the answer was usually 'housewife'. I remember watching a TV quiz programme a few years ago, when a lady replied 'domestic engineer'. :D I laughed at the stupidity of this 'posh...

    Started by Diane Grant-Salmon‎, 29-01-2006 11:23 AM
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  16. odd occupations

    My Gt Grandfather was an inspector of nuisences 1880's

    Started by Beanie‎, 03-01-2006 3:52 AM
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  17. Tea Urn Maker

    Andrew McLaughlin was born in Ireland between 1782/86. He was a tea urn maker and would have been working in London by 1817/21. Is it possible to trace tea urn makers by trade or a manufacturer in London? Any help would be appreciated. I am currently stuck, and cannot look for him in Ireland...

    Started by Alison McLaughlin‎, 14-01-2006 3:14 PM
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    15-01-2006, 10:39 PM Go to last post
  18. Question cotton operative

    I have my mother's birth certificate from the 1920's. It lists her mother's occupation as "cotton operative/card room hand". Can someone explain what this is? Thank you.

    Started by Antonia‎, 10-01-2006 10:31 PM
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    15-01-2006, 12:39 PM Go to last post
  19. Question fan manufacturer/basket maker

    My 3xggrandfather is listed on his daughter's marriage cert (1848) as a fan manufacturer. Three years later in 1851 he is listed as a master basket maker. Does anyone know whether there were fans made of basket-work or has he made a progression from fan-making to basket-making?

    Started by Davran‎, 14-01-2006 10:43 PM
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    14-01-2006, 11:41 PM Go to last post
  20. Straw plaiters

    As the name suggests, these women plaited straw for use in the straw hat industry. My ancestors were working in Essex, but the majority of plaiting was done in Hertfordshire until cheap imports from India caused a decline in the industry. Nothing changes!

    Started by Davran‎, 13-01-2006 8:03 PM
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