I thought it would be fun to create a list of occupations from my Legacy database.
What kinds of various occupations did my ancestors engage in?
In order for this to work you have to have entered “Occupation” under the Events for that individual. Of course you could title it anyway you want to by customizing that field, but I use occupation.
It looks like I have 154 people in my database for which I have listed occupations. That’s not very many in a database with 4621 individuals.
I suspect there are many more males than females with occupations listed on various documents. Let’s check and see how many of these individuals are male, female, unknown?
Males = 2413 Females = 2181 Unknown = 27
The unknowns appear to be infants or children for whom I have no information.
TIP: To locate your occupations list in Legacy click on the “Search” tab and then click on “Find.” Select the following in the drop down lists: Individual, Event name, Equal to or Contains, Occupation.
Here is a link to a previous post detailing how to use the Legacy Search Function. http://www.michiganfamilytrails.com/2014/04/legacy-8the-search-functionwhat-can-you.html
My list contains 89 different occupations. I lumped some of them together such as, Railroad Conductor, Railroad Brakeman and listed them as Railroad Employee. I will create a more detailed list at a later time.
Here is a list of the occupations:
Marine engineer yard
Merchant at wood
Newspaper circulation manager
Private industry employee
Production change analyst
Tool crib operator
What an interesting array of jobs. I have created a spreadsheet for this list which will allow me to keep track and add, modify or delete items.
Most of my ancestors were blue collar. Lots of farmers, machinists, laborers and of course housekeepers. I’ve only found a handful of physicians, attorneys etc.
Have you ever created such a list? If so, what did your list reveal?
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