Friday, March 9, 2012

Old Occupations

Family historians often locate records that list ancestors with unusual and intriguing occupations. Many of these occupations may have originated as far back as the Middle Ages and by the 14th century it was common for people to take their occupation as a surname. i.e. Skinner - Flayer of animal hides for leather or Fletcher – maker of arrows.

For a detailed list of old occupations have a look at the following websites, compiled from historical census returns, registers and voters lists.

The 1891 London Census Transcription – Victorian Occupations
Dictionary of Ancient Occupations and Trades
Old Occupations in Scotland

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