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October 01, 2012
It has been a while since I last wrote a blog, but, hopefully, I can get back in the swing of things to try and do this again. There is so much to learn in doing research and one thing that many times we have to question is an occupation when we find one listed on the census or in court records. Take for instance, a wagon master is the person in charge of the wagon train. That one is easy, it makes sense, but, what, for goodness sakes, is a colporteur? A colporteur is a peddler of books, and librarians should certainly know that word. Correct? No, I had never heard of that word before I did research to find out about this occupation of the past. A list follows of occupations which we have found in doing genealogical research, some you may know, some not.

Wheelwright - one who builds and repairs wheels, usually wagon or buggy wheels
Surveyor - a person who makes a determination of the boundaries of an area and then submits a report in the form of a plat
Stuffgownsman - a junior barrister
Tide waiter - Customs Inspector
Scrutineer - Election judge
Boniface - Innkeeper
Duffer - Peddler
Snobscat - Repaired Shoes
Hatcheler - Combed or carded flax
Tipstaff - Policeman
Bluestocking - Female Writer
Rattlewatch - Town Watchman
Webster - Loom operator
Vulcan - Blacksmith
Crowner - Coroner
Scrutineer - Election judge
Officiator - a person who performs the duties of an officer or carries out a ceremony
Mortgagor - a person who mortgages property; a borrower
Ship's Master - the owner or captain of a ship
Magistrates - judges of the justice court or other lower courts with jurisdiction over minor offenses and/or small claims
Lay Preacher - a member of the congregation who performed minister's duties
Judge - the official who presides over a trial court
Husbandman - a person whose occupation is husbandry or a farmer
Enumerator - Census taker
Dairymaid - a female dairy worker
Bondsman - a person who provides bond or surety for another person
Assistant Marshal - a local census taker prior to 1880
Attorney at Law - a person licensed to practice law; also called a lawyer, counsel, counselor or barrister









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