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Employment Records (380)

Tutor: Alec Tritton

Find out about the working life of your ancestors. Records of employment can do two things; reveal important facts for furthering the genealogical information about a family and provide vivid details of the way your ancestors lived.

Many documents uncovered during our research indicate an occupation, perhaps several in which our ancestor was employed. Many will have followed their father's trade or occupation, and their children will have followed them. Others will have broken away, perhaps from the land and headed for the town to learn new skills and enter a different trade. Those more fortunate, at least financially or by birth may have been destined for one of the professions.

Records of employment will vary from the scant to the copious; much depends on the occupation. This 5 week course examines what is likely to be found in official and unofficial sources and where and how the information can be used as further insights into the lives and times of our ancestors.

Lesson Headings:
  • * The Professions
  • * Merchant Seamen and Coastguard
  • * Government employees
  • * Town folk
  • * Country folk

Each lesson contains exercises and activities with a minimum of one hour chat per week. See How the Courses Work.

STUDENTS SAID: "This was a wide-ranging and very interesting and challenging course with a huge amount of information given. There is much to re-investigate for the future. The tutor gave some excellent advice in his assessment which I will follow in future work."

Relevant Countries: England and Wales

Course Length: 5 weeks
Start Date: 15 Jun 2023
Unassessed Cost: £58.00

Assessed Cost: £76.00

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