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Translating profession from two records written in Kurrentshrift

The occupation is Möbelpolierer [furniture polisher] Probably different tasks depending on the employer: at a residence, a furniture store or a factory
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What did a 'chemist' do in the 1920s?

Chemist is one of those occupations that has several meanings, each of which brings another web of meanings and qualifications. From what you say, my initial suggestion would be that she worked in a ...
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At what age did girls leave home in 1880s England?

The Education Act of 1880 was the first to make education compulsory for English and Welsh children, but only between the ages of five and ten, and even then many parents did not send them to school ...
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Researching photographers in England and the UK

You could try the national archives or The London Gazette newspaper. Most surviving historic business and trade records in the UK are held by local archives. I went via the national archives to find ...
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What occupation is a "bottom puller"?

A bottom puller is an occupation in the manufacturer of shoes, so someone who worked on the soles of the shoes, but not likely in the assembly but literally making of the soles. It was likely someone ...
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Meaning of job recorded as "USAF – AFSC#29430"?

If I am not mistaken this speciality code used for Airman who were linguistic experts working for the A F Electronics Security Command. The majority of whom I met, worked within top secret facilities....
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Apprenticeship records for Ship Carpenters at Glasgow, Scotland in first half of 19th Century?

A ship's carpenter was responsible for building the hull of the ship, the masts, etc. Any type of carpenter (joiner) would be eligible for membership in a guild (of joiners), but would not be ...
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Establishing identity of Edmund Rouse of St Clement, Cabinet Maker, Private in Napoleonic Wars and Weaver?

First, Cabinet and Carpet are close enough to have been mis-transcribed on one or more records, so checking images of the originals would be a good idea. Trades or occupations are usually what the ...
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What did a 'chemist' do in the 1920s?

As already noted, a chemist could have been pretty much anyone preparing or dispensing pharmaceuticals or other preparations. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has kept a register of chemists, ...
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Meaning of job recorded as "USAF – AFSC#29430"?

According to this unofficial list of US Air Force Job Speciality Codes used during the 1960s and 1970s, no. 29430 corresponds to either: Apprentice Electronic Emission Monitor/Analysis ...
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Records of miners in the California Gold Rush?

When we can't find a person in a collection of historical records, or don't have enough information to know if it is our ancestor or not, it helps to widen the search -- and the same is true for ...
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Understanding meaning of professions in 19th century Calabria, Italy?

In 19th Century Italian documents, I've seen avvocato for lawyer, as well as legista. While legale translates as law, like you I've been unable to find a conclusive answer. However, if not lawyer as ...
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What type of journey from Plymouth to Exeter in 1751 might cost 1 pound 5 shillings?

In "The Transport Revolution in Industrializing Britain: A Survey" (pdf) by Dan Bogard at UC Irvine, a table on page 14 gives Stagecoach Fares in shillings per passenger mile, with a value of 0.23 in ...
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What was occupation of Viewer?

The OED gives the following definitions: viewer, n.   1.     a. A person appointed to examine or inspect something, either on a special occasion or permanently; in ...
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Is it really written "Bauer" here?

Using the same BYU Script Tutorial as your other question, I have come to the conclusion the second image says Häusler, meaning simply "house owner" or "cottager". The same ...
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What did a Scientific/Philosophical Instrument Maker do and what other sources might be worth looking at?

The basic principle in studying family history is always to start what you know and work outwards from there in small increments. If you have a street address from the 1881 Census, or at least a ...
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What did a Scientific/Philosophical Instrument Maker do and what other sources might be worth looking at?

Firstly, Phthisis was the old name of tuberculosis, so your suggestion on that is correct. In the 1800s, what we now always call science was more commonly known as natural philosophy. So a ...
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Becoming a master tailor?

My personal belief is that the answer depends on time and place - in particular, what local laws and customs applied. In an area and era controlled by trades guilds, there would be very tight controls ...
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Reading occupations in 1841 UK census for James Nichols and his father William?

I agree that William Nichol's occupation is listed as Pension. It is difficult to interpret this any more specifically than he was living off a pension income rather than traditional wage. It is a ...
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What is Census occupation named Folder Work?

My best guess for the original is the 1901 Census in Lewisham, Class: RG13; Piece: 545; Folio: 107; Page: 10. Here is a clipping from that page: The original text for Henry's occupation is rather ...
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Would variety store in Albany, New York, USA (1862-1872) leave records and what would it sell?

What records were created? Some clues to what records might have been created can be found by looking at modern-day requirements for starting a business, then researching when that requirement was ...
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What would Captain Richard Boyens do as Toller to Duke of Leeds in Cornwall?

On death in 1838 Richard is shown as a Mine Agent. Richard 1750 was born in St Just but in the 1770/1780's he was living in Gulval and having issue. I'm not sure at what age he moved to Helston. The ...
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What would Captain Richard Boyens do as Toller to Duke of Leeds in Cornwall?

I emailed the creator of the Turnpike Roads in England website (Alan Rosevear) and he provided what I think to be a very plausible answer because Captain Richard Boyens is already known to have been ...
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What would Captain Richard Boyens do as Toller to Duke of Leeds in Cornwall?

From the Oxford English Dictionary: Toller: One who takes toll, a toll-collector (now rare); †a tax-gatherer, ‘publican’ (obs.).; toller of the sack, a miller. Alternative: One who ...
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Understanding meaning of professions in 19th century Calabria, Italy?

In the archives of the Mezzogiorno we find civile used in different manners - as noted here already, at times we find it used more liberally to include the middle class but quite often it in fact ...
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Apprenticeship records for Ship Carpenters at Glasgow, Scotland in first half of 19th Century?

I can only suggest that you try the possibly lengthy process of looking in the catalogues of the National Records of Scotland (former National Archives of Scotland) and any local archives for Glasgow. ...
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Finding apprenticeship record for Blacksmith born 1846 at Illogan, Cornwall, England?

By the nineteenth century, formal apprenticeship was becoming much less common. Compulsory apprenticeship ended in 1844. The 'apprenticeship path' for Matthew Nettell was therefore likely an informal ...
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Interpreting Service Record of QAIMNS nurse in Egypt at time of Gallipoli campaign?

B103 forms are, as you say, used in strange ways that might not be expected from the printed columns. I can't read this example sufficiently well, but other B103s that I have seen have, in effect, two ...
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What is an "ehemalige Trompeter"?

Most probably he was trumpeter at the local hunting society (jagdverein) or the local militia (schuetzenverein). Sometimes these societies still exist and you might find something in their records.
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