My Ancestors’ Occupations

One aspect of genealogy I find most interesting is discovering the occupations of my ancestors. Here are some of the more interesting ways they supported their families.

sawyer – a sawmill owner, operator or worker
smith – a metal worker
ship carpenter

gold prospector

ferryman – the owner or operator of a ferry
vicar – a parish priest who receives a salary or stipend
stave mill operator – creates the narrow strips of wood for barrels

brick mason
shingle bundler
railroad fireman
– shovel coal into the firebox of the steam engine
joiner – a person who makes furniture and light woodwork

ship captain
jurist – a legal expert, lawyer, or writer
collector of fines
surveyor of highways
monitor local road conditions, and arrange and supervise the work parties to maintain them


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