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Researching your ancestors' occupation or trade

Occupation Records

A look at the available archives and resources for researching your ancestors' occupation or trade.

There are now sevaral archives containing records on specific occupations or trades. This is a list of those now available on Ancestry or Findmypast (both pay-to-view), or on free websites. Other places to try are trade directories, and search on Google Books limiting the search to 19th century (or whichever century is applicable) will probably reveal general background information on how the trade or occupation was conducted.

This is an example of the type of occupation records that are available.

  • Trade Union Records
  • Includes:
  • Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners
  • Amalgamated Society of Carpenters, Cabinetmakers & Joiners
  • General Union of Carpenters and Joiners
  • Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers
  • Amalgamated Society of Lithographic Artists, Designers, Engravers and Process Workers
  • Amalgamated Society of Lithographic Printers
  • Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants
  • National Union of Railwaymen
  • United Society of Boilermakers and Iron Shipbuilders
  • Legal Profession
  • Articles of Clerkship 1756-1874 (apprentice clerks who wanted to become an attorney or solicitor)
  • Law List, England and Wales, (names of lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals) 1843
  • Household Staff Royal Palaces
  • Royal Household Staff 1526-1924

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