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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. Factor

    Does anyone know what this job was, please?

    Started by looby42‎, 26-08-2006 11:23 PM
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  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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
  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Question Gas Works Labourer Ilfracombe Devon -1940

    I am an Australian citizen who needs assistance with locating the company name and address of a "gas works" operating in the Ilfracombe Devon area in 1940. I have recently discovered my biological grandfather Stanley Gordon Chapple (born Gordon Stanley Chapple, Barnstaple, 1914) was a "gas works...

    Started by AntH‎, 15-06-2006 12:32 PM
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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Red face Warehouse assisiant 1921

    On my granddad's birth certificate in 1921 his mother's occupation is stated as a 'warehouse assistant'. You must forgive my ignorance, but at that time what type of establishment would she have been working for? In this commercial world of today you have warehouses for everything. Would it...

    Started by A Lee‎, 04-05-2006 11:58 AM
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  18. 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 10:02 AM
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    03-05-2006, 3:56 PM Go to last post
  19. 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 3:12 PM
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    02-05-2006, 9:10 AM Go to last post
  20. 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 9:19 AM
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