Occupational Records: Insight into Heritage and History

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Occupational Records: Insight into Heritage and History

In this presentation, learn what your ancestors did for a living and how to use those records in tree-building and storytelling.

What You Will Learn

The notion that most Americans in yesteryear were farmers is a misconception. By 1880, more than half of working Americans already were engaged in something other than agriculture and may have left a paper trail of occupational records. To find those records, genealogists must first learn what their ancestors did for a living. This presentation will explore how to discover their ancestors’ occupations and then where to find work records. Accordingly, genealogists can understand their ancestors better and their role in society and also plug holes in their trees. The presentation will conclude with a trip around the Commonwealth exploring historical Kentucky occupations and where those records can be found.


Susan J. Court, a native of Kenton County, Kentucky, is a genealogist and family historian, and currently serves as Co-President of the Kentucky Genealogical Society. Ms. Court has authored 12 family histories and stories and 17 genealogy or history articles and has been a frequent speaker on or teacher of genealogy since 2018. A member of several genealogical or historical societies, she is also a member of U.S.D. 1812 (River Raisin Chapter). In the D.C. area since 1981, before her retirement in 2022, Ms. Court was an attorney with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, a partner at Hogan Lovells, LLP, and an energy policy consultant and expert witness.

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Occupational Records: Insight into Heritage and History

30 Sep, 20247:00pm EDT1 hour


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