Thursday, January 25, 2018

Ancestor Occupations on

I recently opened and saw the following fun discovery tool on my homepage.

The discovery tool asks the question: "What Were Your Ancestors Doing in 1880?"

I clicked on the "See Their Occupation" button and was taken to the following screen.

How fun is this?! It shows some of my ancestors and what their occupations were in 1880. There's my 3rd great-grandfather, Moses Augustine Webster, in the number one position (furthest to the left) on the screen. He was "At Rest" in 1880 and was 68 years old.

Under the title "My Ancestors' Occupations" it shows the different occupations of my ancestors and the number of my ancestors in those occupations. I found that whichever ancestor was in the number one spot (furthest to the left), that occupation turned green in the list. See how the "At Rest" occupation is green?

When I clicked on the occupation of "Carpenter" the ancestor changed in the number one position to Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster, my 2nd great-grandfather.

This is such a fun tool! The screenshot above shows what it looked like when I clicked on the occupation "At Home."

Different ancestors and their occupations in 1880 will appear when the right and left arrows are pressed. Also, the statement in the red box (below) indicates where the ancestor occupation information was found. In case it's difficult to read, this is what it says, "Occupations were indexed from the U.S. 1880 and the England and Wales 1881 census records."

I hope you'll give this fun tool a try on What ancestor occupations do you have in your family tree?

Thanks for stopping by!


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  1. Jana, I have to give this a try. Thank you for the detailed, step-by-step info! Have a good weekend.

  2. Thanks for sharing! Looks like fun. I will give it a try.

    1. You're very welcome Colleen! Thanks for stopping by!




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