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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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Does being a "Yeoman" imply that the person is a "Bachelor"

No, I have a number of direct ancestors who were yeomen and married. I think of them as having been small landholding farmers. For a definition of a yeoman see, for example, https://www.britannica....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Occupation 1841 Scottish census

Rather than beating your head over deciphering one line of the census, or searching for a specific possible abbreviation, try broadening your outlook. Some strategies: Read published accounts of the ...
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Looking for more occupational records of Walter Cowin

If I am correct, I think that this is family of Cowin as required by you living at 137 Market Street, Hoylake on the 1911 Census. However the surname is misread and mis-transcribed as Crown. Walter ...
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Records of joiners in Glasgow and Edinburgh

'Well in Scotland as with England, and the rest of the UK. A person would require to be a Freeman, as the eldest son of a Freeman or else to have become a Freeman, by Marriage to the Eldest daughter ...
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Meaning of job recorded as "USAF – AFSC#29430"?

29430 = Electronic intercept operations analysis. I should know, I was one. Our initial training at Keesler AFB was in radar intercept and analysis. A sub field was telemetry which was taught for ...
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Meaning of job recorded as "USAF – AFSC#29430"?

We had nothing to do with language. Our jobs covered intercept of Soviet telemetry from ground based ICBM’s and. Missile launch. We also intercepted Soviet satellite telemetry. All information was ...
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Discovering what Swiss ancestors did for living (i.e. their occupations)?

Create a research plan for each one of your ancestors, and start a research log. When starting out research in a locality new to me, I start a journal or research notebook to keep track of ...
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What might Wine & Spirit Vaults be in 1841 Census at Helston, Cornwall?

I'm reading Herman Melville's novel "Redburn," and in ch. 40 ('Placards, Brass-Jewelers, Truck Horses, and Steamers'), the narrator says, "I was astonished at the multitude of gilded balls in these ...
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Finding apprenticeship record for Blacksmith born 1846 at Illogan, Cornwall, England?

My grandfather, who was born in St. Ives, Cornwall, England in 1864, was an apprenticed blacksmith. It appears the apprenticeship was done under a friend who was a blacksmith, as the census for St. ...
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What is occupation that looks like "Pre MJ" on 1841 census from Cornwall, England?

The entry is best transcribed "Shoe M J", meaning shoemaker journeyman. First, remember that the documents we are looking at are the enumerators' books. The householder would have filled in a ...
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