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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. Post London Hotels

    Hi there Would any one know whether the Larger Hotels in London would carry Employee Lists around 1890's onwards. Looking for imformation on my Great Grandfather Sydney Frederick George McLaven (formally Laven we think) who was a Hotel Porter at Clarridges (we think) and finished work there...

    Started by ragna‎, 28-11-2006 9:22 PM
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  2. Hawker

    Hi, I have discovered one of a friends ancestors has "hawker' and what looks like "Cos" as his occupation. But as he was neither employed or employer can I safely presume that he was a self employed salesman of some kind? Any ideas as to what the Cos would mean? It was on the 1891 census rg12/362...

    Started by erica bauman‎, 28-11-2006 12:47 AM
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  3. Question Lamplighter

    Does anyone know where I can find any info on LAMPLIGHTERS working for the Corporation Gas Works in Manchester in the early 1900s?

    Started by sheelagh ainsworth‎, 30-07-2006 8:55 AM
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    26-11-2006, 6:32 PM Go to last post
  4. Coachman Domestic

    My gg grandfather started his working life around 1870 as a live-in coachman, with stables, to a retired Admiral. After he married and had children he became a "coachman domestic" living in at least 9 different addresses, mainly in the centre of Brighton. Does anyone know of a good source work...

    Started by waspexile‎, 20-11-2006 8:22 PM
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  5. Cool Well borer

    Hi My g-gf was a well sinker. Born in Shropshire he travelled through the Midlands to Lincolnshire then up to the North East where he became a pit sinker then a coal hewer. Would this have been considered a skilled job, or a labouring job? Likely to have served an apprenticeship? He is not...

    Started by BevGibbs‎, 19-11-2006 12:15 AM
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  6. Smile could some tell me

    Hello All could some one tell what a nailer was thankyou brum...............

    Started by brum‎, 09-11-2006 6:04 PM
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    09-11-2006, 6:45 PM Go to last post
  7. Chinty Glazer/Glazier

    Hello Anyone have any idea what this might be? Is it an old time double glazing salesman do you think? :)

    Started by samhuzz‎, 07-11-2006 8:10 PM
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    08-11-2006, 8:44 AM Go to last post
  8. Cool Annuitant, what is it.

    I have a chap born in India lodging in staffordshire with a relative in 1871 it looks like his occupation reads private gentleman, i have found him again in 1881 in bakewell as a visitor with the occupation of Annuitant there also are another couple of people lodging in this household with the same...

    Started by MARIA LUCKING‎, 23-10-2006 1:23 PM
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  9. missing occupation on census

    i have a copy of the 1871 census for my relatives and i can see that it states the head of the household as a widow with no occupation listed. Her eldest son is 16 and also has no occupation listed and the rest of the children al under 11 classed as scholars, however there is a lodger listed living...

    Started by MARIA LUCKING‎, 14-10-2006 7:10 PM
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  10. Were Cab Drivers registered in 1800s?

    Hi, Have discovered an ancestor, Robert Burrows, was a cab driver in the St Pancras, Marylebone area in the middle 1800s. Did cab drivers have to register with the local authorities and, if they did, does anyone know if the records still exist? Thanks for any help you can give. Elaine

    Started by ElaineMaul‎, 08-10-2006 10:01 AM
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  11. tea canvasser

    Any ideas what this occupation is? Google just brings up references to other threads on B-G Forums!. Tea canvas comes up as art websites! A canvasser is someone who makes canvas, but what is/was tea canvas? Was it was used to make large bags to contain tea in grocers' shops like flour...

    Started by Davran‎, 17-09-2006 4:50 PM
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  12. Change of occupations

    While looking for an ancestor who became a Dockyard Labourer in the East of London (around 1871), I have discovered two possibles, both hailing from Stowmarket in Suffolk - One was a butchers' apprentice, and the other was a malster. Does anyone have any insight as to why either of these...

    Started by cazm17‎, 13-09-2006 1:44 PM
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    13-09-2006, 5:13 PM Go to last post
  13. Factor

    Does anyone know what this job was, please?

    Started by looby42‎, 26-08-2006 11:23 PM
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    12-09-2006, 2:02 PM Go to last post
  14. Waiter!

    Is there any occupation in agriculture that might be described as a waiter? I have once again received a marriage certificate in which all the details are correct except for the Fathers occupation which I would have expected to say ag lab or labourer. I think this might be a case of trying to...

    Started by laroc‎, 06-09-2006 8:22 PM
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  15. Water Bailiff - any connection to Royal Marines?

    My ancestor Thomas Tovey is described as a Water Bailiff on two of his daughters' marriage certificates (1866 & 1867). He died in 1851, his occupation given as Pensioner - 1851 census says Royal Marine pensioner. I am not sure whether the two positions are connected, but at the moment assume...

    Started by vicaby‎, 29-08-2006 11:28 AM
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    05-09-2006, 9:16 AM Go to last post
  16. pimp maker

    A bit tongue in cheek this one! I'm pretty sure the enumerator should have put 'pump maker', but it did give me a laugh! :D A few doors down the road lived a woman whose occupation was 'derive living by a mangle'. (I suppose the modern equivalent would be 'derives living by a tumble-dryer'.) I...

    Started by Davran‎, 29-08-2006 7:55 PM
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  17. Collector of Water Scot

    Can anyone tell me what a 'collector of the water scot' is? Many Thanks

    Started by jsingleton‎, 27-08-2006 1:10 PM
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    28-08-2006, 11:18 AM Go to last post
  18. Question Newspapers

    Can anyone help me find out which newspaper my g/grandfather worked on please? Between 1841 and his death in 1878 he was variously employed in London as a "Corrector of the Press" or "Printer's Reader" Nowadays, this would be a Proofreader. He lived in Fetter Lane, near Fleet Street, so it might...

    Started by Ron Munro‎, 22-08-2006 10:03 PM
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  19. Lockmaking

    Willenhall , Staffs was the centre of the world lock-making trade for most of the 19th and 20th centuries. It has a very good lock Museum which I highly recommend to anyone interested. Does anyone know please of any records relating to the lock trade. My g x 2 grandfather and my great grandfather...

    Started by ronbolus‎, 16-05-2005 8:44 PM
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    08-08-2006, 6:37 PM Go to last post
  20. Question Japonner

    Can any one tell me what a japonner did ?. my grt grt grandfather was one in 1851 in bilston i think , could it have anything to do with the pottery trade. maria

    Started by MARIA LUCKING‎, 31-07-2006 4:22 PM
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