Your Ancestors and their Occupations with Simon Wills

How to find your ancestors’ occupations and to discover how their occupation affected their lives, their wealth, their health, and their safety. This talk covers a wide range of helpful resources.

Occupations are interesting because they sometimes give other clues to family history. Lots of seamen ended up working from Liverpool, for example, even though it was nowhere near their home town because it was such an enormous port. Many miners and mill workers died young because of the prevalence of occupational illness. Some occupations tend to run in families and can help you find other family members in the census.

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