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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. 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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    24-10-2006, 10:30 AM Go to last post
  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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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    08-09-2006, 10:32 PM Go to last post
  8. 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
  9. 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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  10. 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
  11. 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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  12. 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
  13. 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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  14. Corporation Official ?

    I have a marriage entry on 14/11/1894 in Ramsgate between James Hart and Kathleen Hines where the bride's father (Thomas Hines) is described as a "Corporation Official". I assume that the occupation is that of someone who works for a corportion in a Foreman or similar sort of role. I am...

    Started by Harfink‎, 30-07-2006 1:10 PM
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  15. Human hair repairer?

    One of my relies was a Human hair repairer. Does this mean he made/repaired wigs?? Any suggestions?

    Started by Julie Tyrell‎, 21-07-2006 3:50 PM
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    23-07-2006, 3:21 AM Go to last post
  16. Can anyone decipher this occupation?

    I have been puzzling over this occupation on a marriage certificate from 1843 for a few days now and have looked at various occupation sites to try and see if I can spot anything which looks even vaguely likely but am completely stumped. It looks like ship???? worker to me but I could be going down...

    Started by Ruth1‎, 05-07-2006 9:57 PM
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  17. Question Never heard of this one

    Has anyone any idea what a Latner is, its given on my gg grandmothers marriage certificate to her 2nd husband as occupation of father. Many thanks gina

    Started by squidgychoddah‎, 07-07-2006 4:37 PM
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  18. Town Patrol - What is this?

    I have a postcard from Devonport, dated 1906 saying 'Am going into Crownhill tonight to try and see Gerald as I cannot go on Sunday as I have to take Town Patrol" Does anyone know what occupation Town Patrol refers to?

    Started by Mary C‎, 27-05-2006 7:35 AM
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    01-06-2006, 6:33 AM Go to last post
  19. Domestic Servants circa 1920

    Is there any way of finding information about Indoor Domestic Servants in London about 1920? Or do I have to wait for the 1921 census??? The 'servant' in question isn't shown on the Electrol Rolls - he would have been about 19/20 years old at the time. Jude

    Started by topo60‎, 24-05-2006 7:11 PM
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  20. Firemen?

    I have the death certificate of a James Young Hancock, who died in 1848, at the age of 26 "Accidentally killed at a fire by the falling in of the upper floors of a mill". Were records kept of such incidents or of firemen? If so, can anyone point me in the right direction to start looking. ...

    Started by Jane_Adams‎, 19-05-2006 11:50 AM
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