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What is an “ehemalige Trompeter”?

On the death entry for my great-great grandfather, it says that he was a master weaver, which I knew, but also an "ehemalige Trompeter," a former trumpeter? I find this intriguing, because the fact ...
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What might Wine & Spirit Vaults be in 1841 Census at Helston, Cornwall?

I have mentioned my 4th great grandmother Alice Rutter previously in Were Liquor Licenses required in early 19th Century Cornwall? I know that she and her husband William Symons were wine/spirit ...
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Are South Australian Miners expected to appear in Boothby and later directories?

My 2nd great grandfather Edward Sleep, with his wife Charlotte Hancock, immigrated to Port Adelaide, South Australia aboard the William Prowse on 22 Sep 1853. Edward's occupation was recorded as ...
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Finding apprenticeship record for Blacksmith born 1846 at Illogan, Cornwall, England?

In another, currently unanswered, question (Where was Matthew Nettell, usually of Illogan, Cornwall, for 1861 Census?) I sought the 1861 Census location for my 2nd great grandfather Matthew Nettell ...
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Interpreting Service Record of QAIMNS nurse in Egypt at time of Gallipoli campaign?

My great grand aunt Eleanor Bessie Stacy (1879-1925) was a World War I nurse with Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) and later the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS). ...
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Apprenticeship records for Ship Carpenters at Glasgow, Scotland in first half of 19th Century?

Two of my direct ancestors were Ship Carpenters: my 4th great grandfather Hugh Sillars was first noted as such in the 1841 Scotland Census: Hugh Sillars 37 Agnes Sillars 30 Robert Sillars 9 Agnes ...
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Finding personnel records for Railway Company in Panama around 1865?

Margaret Elizabeth Sellers was born on 28 Jul 1865 at Tradeston, Glasgow. On her birth certificate (which I have not sighted), the occupation of her father, Robert Sellers (my 3rd great grandfather), ...
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What occupation is a “bottom puller”?

My father's enlistment document lists his civilian occupation as a bottom puller code 8-61.01. What does that mean?
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What was occupation of Skipper in 1855 New York State Census?

In the 1855 New York State Census the household (Residence: Albany City, Ward 6, Albany, New York, USA, Line Number: 12, Sheet Number: 1) of my 4th great grandfather Hugh Sellars, a Ship Carpenter, ...
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What is occupation that looks like “Pre MJ” on 1841 England Census Record from Cornwall, England?

In the screenshot below, I have been unable to decipher the Profession, Trade or Employment of Joseph Green in the 1841 Census at St Clements, Cornwall, England. To me the first word has three ...
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Establishing identity of Edmund Rouse of St Clement, Cabinet Maker, Private in Napoleonic Wars and Weaver?

I always wondered why my 4th great grandparents Edmund Rouse (of St Clement) and Christian "Kitty" Crossman (of the parish) who married on 1 Feb 1801 at Truro St Mary, Cornwall appeared to have had ...
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What would Captain Richard Boyens do as Toller to Duke of Leeds in Cornwall?

In another recent question (Is there Index to Cornish Mining Captains?) I referred to my 5th great grandfather Richard Boyens (sometimes spelled Boyns) who I believe to have been a Mining Captain at ...
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Were Liquor Licenses required in early 19th Century Cornwall?

My 4th great grandfather William Symons had his occupation in Helston, Cornwall described at least half a dozen times in christening records and marriage certificates of his children and his own death ...
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Researching photographers in England and the UK

While collecting census records for my husband’s family in South Devon, England, I found an 1861 census entry for their family with a visitor/boarder who was a photographer. William Haddy was born ...
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Glaziers in World War II

Does anyone out there have any information on glaziers rescuing medieval stained glass in World War II? My grandfather William Manning was in this reserved occupation and I am trying to find out if ...
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What does the occupation “Works in Woods” mean?

In an 1880 US Census entry, the occupation of Daniel Card is listed as "Works in Woods." What does that mean? Where I grew up, the word "woods" was a synonym for forest so I immediately thought ...
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Finding Edinburgh map engraver apprenticeship records of William Slight in 1840s?

My 3rd great grandfather, William Slight, was born about 1832 in Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland to James Slight (a Mason) and Elizabeth Boyd (daughter of a Mason). In the 1841 Scotland Census he ...
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Help needed understanding an occupation: “Viewer”

On my parent's marriage certificate dated 1954, my mother's occupation is given as "Viewer". From oral testimony, I know that they met while both working at the Rover car factory in Solihull, UK. ...
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How did the lives of Worcestershire nail-makers change 1840-1880?

The 1851 Census of England and Wales shows my ancestors living in Forge Lane, Halesowen, Worcestershire. Note that not only are all the adult males on the page working as gun barrel forgers, but also ...