The “Discovery” of An Ancestors Trade, Occupation or Hobby

Many people are unaware of their ancestors trade or occupation. It’s an interesting question to ask, what did your grandfather do for a living? What about your great-grandfather? What was my ancestor’s profession? This is because life today has evolved so much that most descendants have never had the chance to speak to their grandparents about what they did for a living in their lifetime, nor have they ever seen any physical evidence of their ancestors trade or occupation.

Nevertheless, there are many ways to uncover this information through research and one of these ways is through genealogy. We have all heard of but are usually unaware that it can be used for more than just tracing our family tree.

The process of tracing one’s family tree is a difficult and time-consuming one. In the course of this, it is common for a person to research their ancestors’ occupations.

Ancestors’ occupations have been an integral part to understanding who these people were in the past and how they contributed to society. The process of discovering these occupations can be a difficult one if a person does not know where to start or what keywords to search for in order to find information on them.

With all of the advancements in genealogy over the years, there are now more resources available than ever before on how people can learn about their ancestors so that they may discover their occupations.

The Importance of Finding Your Ancestors’ Hobby

It is a common misconception that your ancestors did not have hobbies. In fact, research shows that most of them had particular pastimes they enjoyed in their free time. Knowing the pastime of your ancestors could be helpful when you are looking for information about them.

Did you know that knowing the pastime of your ancestor could be helpful when you are looking for information about them? Pastimes tell us a lot about the time in which our ancestors lived. For example, if your ancestor liked to fish and canning was an activity they participated in, we know that they lived in the late 1800s to 1940s.

Knowing the pastime of your ancestors may also help you identify their personality type and find out more about them! For example, if your ancestor was interested in cooking, you could explore recipes and other culinary resources for more information on their life. It’s quite possible you could stumble upon their favorite recipe.

I know that one of my great grandfather’s was a pioneer and farmer in rural Ontario when he first arrived to Canada from England. Searching through the census records I came across that he was a ‘Cooper’, I didn’t know what it was at the time and found out he was a maker of wooden barrels. My other great grandfather also immigrated from England where he was a dairy farmer around the Haliburton area. While searching through census records and some city directories he was listed as a ‘Tailor‘ and I found out that he made men’s wedding suits in York (Toronto) where he initially learned the trade from his father.

Today, I am 65 years old and I have had many hobbies that I have liked to do over the years. At a young age, 7 or 8 yrs old, I had a real passion to become an artist because I liked to draw. I never became an artist but I have come to realize that almost everything I did over the years was something creative.

I joined the Canadian Military as a cook where I created fine culinary dinners, decorated bakery products & cakes with gum paste, marzipan and royal icing; I created intricately decorated hams and turkeys with ‘chaudfroid’ sauce and aspic. Later on in my career I had an interest in computers when the Internet was just in it’s infancy and became proficient enough to become a Computer Technician and then I reacquainted myself with woodworking and began making some furniture.

Over the past couple of months I have been teaching myself leathercrafting and making keychains, wallets and other items. I get a lot of ideas from a older friend of mine named Carl who is 86 years old. He is very knowledgeable and has been working with leather since the early 1960’s so I absorb what I can from him.

Unfinished Carved Wallet of Family COA

I really like leather carvings and how creative some leather crafting masters can be. I thought that it would be awesome to make some leather carved wallets and decided to make one with my family ‘Coat of Arms’ (see pic above – currently unfinished). This COA has not been legally granted to me and I cannot lay claim to it but it is nice to display.

In the future I will most likely have a descendant that would like to know more about me. Leaving something in my legacy for them to discover about me I think is pretty cool. I wonder, did I have an ancestor who worked and was skilled with leather? That is something for me to discover in my research.

Methods to Find Out What Your Ancestor’s Occupation Was

Many people want to know what their ancestors occupation was for a variety of reasons. Some want to know if they descended from royalty or nobility, others are curious about their family history, and still others have an interest in learning more about their heritage.

There are many methods that can be used to find out what your ancestor’s occupation was, but most of the time the easiest way is by looking at your ancestor’s social security application or information on immigration records.

These two pieces of information have been known to reveal past occupations for many Americans.

Some of the most common records indicating ancestral occupation are census records. They provide family size, age, race, gender, and birthplace.

Records that can be used to find out what your ancestor’s occupation were are military records, court records, agricultural records and tax lists.

Tips on How to Find Heritage Sites with Historical Records of Your Ancestors’ Occupations

This article provides information on how to find sites that are close to your ancestry.

The first step is to go through the records of the place where your ancestor was born, worked, or died. This will give you a list of possible places to research. Next, start with the local or state archives and look for lists of institutions in the area where your ancestors lived. These lists will usually include both public and private institutions like churches, schools, hospitals, libraries, newspapers and archives.

If you see an institution on this list that looks relevant to your search write down its address or phone number. You can then call them up or email them with more specific questions about their collections and what you might be able to access there if you were able to visit in person.

If you are looking to learn more about your ancestry, it is helpful to know the occupations of your ancestors. There are many records that may be able to help you with this task.

One of the most common types of records for occupation is census data. It usually doesn’t contain as much detail as other sources, but it can still be a valuable resource. In addition to census data, city directories, property records and military service records can be an excellent source for occupation information.

In order to find these types of records for yourself, you should contact your local government offices or go through those from other areas where your ancestors may have lived in.

Link to “Obscure Old English Census Occupations” which can be helpful in your genealogy research.

A ‘cooper’ is a person who makes wooden barrels.

Finding Your Ancestor’s Hobby The Old-Fashioned Way

There are a variety of ways to find out what an ancestor’s hobby was in ancient times.

One way is to look at the materials they used in their hobbies.

Another way is to look at the items they collected.

Then, compare it with other hobbies in history. For example some popular hobbies in the 1800s were rocking, guessing games, word games, dominoes, riding horses, setting up battery operated trains, marbles and balls; and people also started playing traditional sports like football, cricket and boxing.

Today, we usually define hobbies as leisure activities that we do for fun and pleasure. We may enjoy the things we do for a hobby, be passionate about them and find them meaningful, but they are not our profession. There is no evidence-based research to date on what hobbies were in ancient times. It is possible that in ancient times, hobbies and professions were not so separate from one another.

How to Find Out If You Have an Ancestor Who Had a Hobby

Search for clues in your surname, hobbies, and professions. More than one hundred thousand surnames are included in the Surname Database. You can search by your family name or by the most common meaning of the name.

While it is true that many people have ancestors who had a hobby, not all of them are listed in the database. This is because most people do not know what their ancestor’s hobbies were or because they didn’t bother to register their ancestor’s hobbies on when they created their profile there.

Genealogy Websites That Can Play a Role in Discovering an Ancestors Trade, Occupation or Hobby

Genealogy websites are very important for discovering an ancestor’s trade or occupation.

A genealogy website gathers personal information on a person or a group of people in order for you to trace your ancestors and build a family tree.

Some of the most popular genealogy websites are dedicated to tracing one’s roots, some are general in nature and cover all families, while others are based on ethnicity or religion.

Aside from tracing one’s roots, genealogy websites also offer different types of information such as the geographical origins of your ancestors, their occupations, which city they lived in at certain point in time and so on.

Some of the most popular genealogy websites are FamilySearch, MyHeritage, Ancestry, and Geni. Ancestry has the most advanced search option which allows you to break down your search into occupation, location, and at times even ethnicity. is a good resource to search for an ancestors trade or occupation too! Researching an ancestor’s occupation can be difficult. Finding out what their trade was before they immigrated to America can help answer some of your questions about where they came from and who they were. If your ancestor’s birth, marriage, or death records aren’t available online, you can use FamilySearch to research them through trades & occupations records.

Another good tool and resource is using to search for an ancestors trade. It’s a well-known fact that your occupation can have a big effect on your health. For many, it’s important to know the trade or occupation of their ancestors to understand how it might have impacted their health. can help you do just that. is a useful site to use to find an ancestor’s trade or occupation. It has a lot of information, such as birth records, death records, census records, military records and more. It also provides a place to research your family tree and see if anybody in your family was in a certain trade or occupation. is a free internet-based genealogy service that allows users to search for ancestors by name or surname that is completely dedicated to family trees. It provides an interactive way to investigate our genealogy and it’s a great way for beginners to learn about the basics of genealogical research.

There are many websites that provide information about your ancestors. Genealogy is about more than looking up your family tree or tracing your roots, it is a hobby that helps you understand who you are and how you came to be.

The term ‘genealogy’ comes from the Greek word ‘gen-’ meaning birth and ‘ology’ which means science or study of something, thus it can be translated as the study of origins.

Also, we can use DNA testing to find out more about our ancestors and see what lineages we come from. There are many companies that offer DNA kits and they can help us figure out where we come from.

Finding your ancestors can be a difficult task, but with the right genealogy websites you can make the process much easier. There are many different types of genealogy websites available to find your ancestors.

Genealogy is an important part of many people’s lives’. It can provide an understanding of where you come from, who your family members are, and what they did. However, it can be difficult to track down information on your ancestors if you don’t have the right tools for the job.

The Benefits of Finding One’s Great Grandparent’s Hobbies

Imagine going back in time to meet your great-grandparent. They would be a fascinating person with a lot of wisdom and experience to share with you. What would you want to know?

They might teach you how to crochet or how to play a particular card game that was popular during their time. Or they might introduce you to the important figures from history, such as Amelia Earhart or Albert Einstein.

In other words, your great-grandparent could have so much information about the world that we don’t have access to anymore. They could tell us about their childhood and what life was like for them when they were our age – before Social Media and smartphones! This is why it is so important for us to learn about their favorite hobbies, pastimes, and cultural interests.

As you explore your ancestor’s hobbies, you are bound to find some of their passions that are still alive in you, which will enrich your life in many ways. And for some people, the discovery of their ancestor’s hobbies might lead to a career change or at least an increase in happiness.

6 Of The Best Genealogy Online Websites To Help With Your Research.

  1. Overall the Best Online Genealogy that has over 27+ billion historical records and offers DNA testing
  2. Best genealogy site for fun features, has 12+ billion historical records with DNA testing
  3. Archives: Best genealogy website for deep research with 11+ billion historical records but does not offer DNA testing.
  4. FamilySearch: Best free genealogy website that has 6.3 billion historical records – does not offer DNA testing.
  5. Best genealogy website for Irish and British records 2+ billion historical records and offers DNA testing
  6. USGenWeb: Best genealogy website for researching historical trends. All information is free and records broken down by state. Does not offer DNA testing.


Published by Darrell Gibbs

A father of three children and five grandchildren who retired in 2015 and began a career as a non-fiction writer in genealogy resource ebooks for new family historians. Aspiring towards the future as a Historical Fiction Author of his premier book "Wessex Reign".

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