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Great Grandpa was a what?? – At the Library

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

The census is a major source of genealogical information. Not only can it tell you your ancestors’ names and where they lived, but it can also give other details, like what they did for a living.

Sometimes, though, the profession listed on the census doesn’t make much sense to the modern day genealogist.

Imagine the confusion of discovering that an ancestor was a Buttocker or a Garthynere or a Plumassier.

At the library we have several books that can help you figure out what those strange job names actually mean.

An Introduction to Occupations: a preliminary list – By Joyce Culling
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Culli
1999

Londoners’ Occupations: a genealogical guide - by Stuart A. Raymond
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Raymo
2001

Trades and Occupations shown on rubbings of English monumental brasses from the 14th to 18th centuries – by Jane Plante
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Plant
1976

With books like these, you can learn that a Buttocker is a  pick-using coal miner, a Garthynere is a gardener, and a Plumassier made or sold ornamental feathers.

Visit our Library Catalogue to find these books and more. Then request them at the Provincial Library