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.

Starting Your Family Tree by Following the 22 Steps

When you start about family, about lineage and ancestry, you are talking about every person on earth.” – Alex Haley – Author of ‘Roots: The Saga of an American Family’

This article is based on Chapter One of my book the “22 Steps in Researching My Family Tree”. The information is for new genealogists who plan on researching their own family tree.

What is a Family Tree?

A Family Tree can also be referred to as a Pedigree Chart. It is a diagram or chart that displays different people and family members and their relationships over several generations of a family. It is also called a genealogical tree.

It is my intention that each blog article in the future will provide you with the necessary steps you should take in researching your family tree. You will be provided with lots of information and web links for you to start your genealogy research for your family tree.

Genealogy – What is it?

Genealogy is the study of family trees. It typically involves looking into the past for family members and their ancestors.

The interest in genealogy started about 100 years ago when people were starting to become more interested in their past, specifically what happened to them after they died. Genealogists are able to find out who your relatives are by using resources like census records, birth certificates, death certificates, birth announcements, marriage announcements and even advertisements.

How Do I Start Researching My Family Tree?

There are many different tools and websites that can help you start. It all depends on what type of information you want to find out.

There are a number of ways that you can find out about your family tree, such as:

  • Public records like census data and wills
  • Private records like letters and photographs
  • DNA testing
  • Family history websites
  • Genealogy software
Why Should I Research My Genealogy?

Genes are the fundamental building blocks of our physical make up and those genes dictate some basic aspects of our lives. For instance, those genes determine how tall we’ll grow, what color our hair is, how wide our nose is, and whether or not we have a family history of diabetes.

Genealogy research is a systematic investigation into your ancestry. It helps you understand which areas of the world your ancestors came from and their genetic traits.

Getting To Know More About Yourself

If you’re looking for a way to learn more about yourself and your heritage, then genealogy research is the answer. It’s a rewarding process that can help you find out more about who you are as an individual.

Genealogy is a family history tracing your lineage and ancestral history.

Throughout this future series of blog articles and if you follow the step-by-step procedure you will gain the knowledge and the tools to research your ancestors efficiently. I will endeavour to pass on important facts and website links so you can further your genealogy skills and knowledge. You will then be able to research your family tree and reach your genealogy goals. You will be guided in each blog with the necessary tools to enable you to become an efficient genealogist finding facts about your ancestors. Before you know it – you will have an awesome family tree to share with your family.

You are probably like millions of other people around the world who are curious about finding out where your ethnic and cultural backgrounds came from. You have come to the right place in your quest to help guide you in your search of your own unique genealogy background.

A few years ago, I was probably just like you as I didn’t know where to start unless I was talking or getting information from my mother. The Internet is now a very valuable resource. Anyone with a computer and the Internet can get information on their ancestors if they know where to look.

What Will You Get If You Follow This Blog?

The aim of this and future blog articles is to pass on the tools I feel will help you in achieving your goals in finding out more about your ancestors.

Researching your family tree may be a hobby or a passion but it will consume your life and become an addiction. Having a starting point and set of guidelines to follow will help you to achieve your goals.

Reaching those goals all depends on your thirst for family ancestral knowledge. Your curiosity and dedication in finding those answers await to be discovered through your hours research.

If you are beginner genealogist and are starting your family tree from scratch then the best way to start is with yourself and then work back in time. Look in the mirror and start your quest. You will definitely get some personal enjoyment and achieve personal satisfaction while uncovering facts of your ancestors. You will learn some very interesting details about where they came from and how they lived their lives.

As you research your family tree, find documents with relevant data of your ancestors. Record the information you researched into a log or keep a journal. Keep a separate journal on each family researched to help you as you work on your family tree. I would suggest to colour code each log or journal that you use to identify each individual family unit.

Start A Free Online Genealogy Subscription

Initiate your online family tree research on genealogy websites such as Ancestry, MyHeritage, or FindMyPast to research your ancestors. I would personally start with a ‘Free Membership’ first. You will gain more skills and tools as you progress on your family tree. As you become more familiar with the genealogy website and gathering information on your tree you can upgrade to a ‘Paid Subscription’ to have access to more tools and features on the site.

Genealogy resources on the Internet are mind boggling and can be quite over-whelming in your search. You should formulate an action plan and execute it so that you can reach your overall goal. That goal is to put together a professional looking family tree.

Setting Goals and Following a Set of Steps

Tracing your family tree starts where you should follow a guideline or a set of rules. Each family search is different but you can follow the same steps for each family that you research. During each step you will have website links to use while you research your family tree for gathering facts of family members.

Steps to start your journey are quite simple. Researching your family roots can be quite time consuming and can take years to complete. Is there someone in your family who has already started your family tree. Gather whatever information you can from your living relatives and use the information that has already been started.

Get the proper documentation for the information you researched and the proper source citation. Search the Internet, church records, obituaries, historical and genealogical societies in the area where your ancestor lived. Become a member of an online Ancestry Group to reach out during your search. Once you do that – research another family member. Keep repeating the process over and over again until you think your done. The ancestry wheel keeps turning as you discover more facts as they unfold.

Setting Your Sights and Leaving a Legacy

At a certain point in your research you might want to create and write a book about your family tree to leave as a keepsake. Something left in your legacy to pass down to your children and grandchildren.

  • Have you started a family tree?
  • Are you unsure of where to start your tree?
  • Are you still working on a tree?

If you haven’t started your family tree that’s okay. You can start by downloading and using my checklist or you can purchase a copy of my book “22 Steps In Researching Your Family Treeon Amazon.

10 Reasons Why Church and Cemetery Records Can Help You Find Your Family Tree

Why Use Church and Cemetery Records for Genealogy Research

Genealogy research for beginners might seem daunting at first, but it’s actually pretty easy. If you’re just getting started with your family history, start by looking in church and cemetery records. The records in England, the US, Canada, and Australia are all great places to start!

For research purposes, church and cemetery records are instrumental in establishing the availability of vital records. They are easy to find, often free, and can provide a wealth of information.

Some examples of church and cemetery records that contain relevant information include: birth dates and places, a person’s name at birth, baptismal names or confirmation names, marriage dates and locations. Records also contain the age at death for people who passed away before the 20th century.

Church and cemetery records can easily be found online by typing in keywords such as ‘births in London’ or ‘cemeteries in Pennsylvania’. Remember to always double check with multiple sources before believing anything on the Internet!

Locating ancestors in the past was difficult because of lack of records. Church and cemetery records are two very important resources that can be used to find out more about our ancestors.

Church and cemetery records are a must for any genealogist. These records hold a wealth of information about our ancestors’ lives, including birth or baptism dates, marriage information, death or burial dates, and more. There are both pros and cons to research in these places, but the benefits far outweigh any issues.

Introduction: How Church and Cemetery Records Can Help You Find Your Family Tree

This article will focus on a few ways that you can use your church and cemetery records to help you find your family tree.

1. Use the birthdates of everyone in your family to see where they were born, who their parents are, and what other children they have. A family tree generator will help you see the entire history of your family and generate a chart with all the relevant information.

2. Find out which cemeteries or churches are near you or where your ancestors lived. Who were the ministers? Pastors? Who was buried at the cemetery or married at the church? How old was their building? Cemetery and church records can help you find out more about your ancestors. You can find out which cemeteries or churches were near you or where they lived and who was buried at the cemetery or married at the church. You can also find out who the minister of the church was and what year the building was built.

3. Check death records to find out how old someone was when they died, their cause of death, if they had any children, and who their spouse is/was. The records that are available online can be very helpful for genealogists.

Records such as baptisms, marriages and burials could date back as far as the 12th Century and can be used to trace one’s family tree. However, church records can be tough to find if they were not properly archived or preserved by the church itself.

Reason#1 The Value of FindaGrave and BillionGraves for Genealogy Research

FindaGrave and BillionGraves are genealogy searching engines. FindaGrave was founded in 1995 by Alex Treadway, Tom Findlay, and Lisa Williams. BillionGraves was co-founded in 2011 by Patrick Lecomte, Jeffery Taylor, and Wendy Taylor. Patented technology is what makes these two engines so valuable for genealogy research. Their patented technology is the industry leader and has been proven to increase conversion rates by up to 200%.

The advantage of using FindaGrave and BillionGraves are they are two very popular websites that help people find their ancestors, locate gravesites, and plan memorials.

On FindaGrave you can search from over 527,206 cemeteries in 244 different countries worldwide, this is a great resource for any family historian in finding their ancestors.

Check out the Help Support webpage on FindaGrave and the Help Support webpage on BillionGraves for more information

Reason #2: Church Records Help you Find People’s Associations to a Parish

Church records are a very good way to learn about people and their associations with the parish. Records may be found in church registers, cemeteries, and other sources.

The Church of Latter Day Saints is a society with many members all around the world. So it’s not surprising that many of them want to find out more about their family history and roots. A lot of research can be done through Church records such as birth, censuses, marriages, deaths and baptisms.

Church records help you find people’s associations to a parish which can give you a better idea of their life story and personality traits.

Reason #3: Parish Registers Can Help You Trace a Family Lineage

Parish registers can be a useful tool for those who want to trace their family lineage.

The term “parish register” refers to a document that contains baptism, marriage, and death information. The parish register is the oldest type of record that the church has. Parish registers date back to the year 1538.

Parish registers can be a goldmine for those who want to find out more about their family’s history and lineage because they contain much information about births, marriages and deaths which took place in churches in England and Wales during the 16th century.

Reason #4-The Locality of the Parish is Important for Locating the Person’s Residence in the Past

The locality of the parish is important for locating the person’s residence in the past. This is because many people lived in an area that was governed by a church, which automatically meant that they were also governed by that church’s priests. This meant that the records of births, marriages, and deaths were all kept at one place.

Reason #5-Church Records Provide Birth Dates & Respective Dates of Death

Church records can provide a wealth of information about a person’s life including their birth date and date of death.

In many cases, church records are the earliest written historical records available. It can be difficult to decipher the handwriting in church records, but researchers often use online databases or books that have transcriptions of these records.

The archival collections at the Family History Library hold vast collections of Canadian birth, marriage and death records dating back to 1764. These collections are not limited to just Canada either; they also contain over 1 billion names from around the world!

Reason #6-Church Records Offer Information about Marriage Banns or Intentions

Church records offer information about marriage banns or intentions. They may include the dates of the banns, names of groom and bride, parish, and more.

Church records were created to record banns or intentions for a future marriage. These records provide a wealth of information about the couple who wished to marry including their names, dates of the banns, and parish where they were from.

Reason #7-What valuable information would a historian find in a grave site?

Sometimes, all you need to do to get a feel for the past is visit the grave site of an interesting person. History comes alive in these gravesites, and you can find out all sorts of things about people who have long since passed away.

Reason #8-Why are gravestones important in genealogy research? What can they tell us?

The tombstones found in cemeteries and other burial grounds can provide a wealth of information about the people buried there. Gravestones often list names, dates, and sometimes even the cause of death. They also provide insights into who is buried there and their relationship to one another. Without this information, it’s difficult to learn much about the family members who may be buried in a cemetery next to complete strangers.

Reason #9-What do inscriptions reveal to us on gravestones?

Headstones are a reflection of the lives of the people who have passed on. The inscriptions on gravestones can tell us about their personalities, their backgrounds, and even what they wanted for others to remember about them. They also tell us how much money they had, because wealthier people could afford to put more information on their headstones.

Reason #10 – Advantages of Using for Searching and Finding Church Records is a powerful platform that connects people all over the world with their family history. With millions of records and nearly 2 billion searchable historical records, Ancestry is the one-stop shop for genealogy research and discovering your family history.

Church records are often one of the only areas that recorded important information about birth, marriage, death, baptism & christening. So it is no surprise that they are often seen as reliable documentation of major life events prior to 1800. has a parish records page for all of the UK and Ireland, which provides links-to search tips and links to archives collections.

Conclusion: Why Church and Cemetery Records are Vital for Genealogy Research?

Church and cemetery records are the most important type of records for genealogy research. They can lead to birth, marriage, death, census, land and probate records. Along with the aforementioned records they can also detail when an ancestor arrived in America or an ancestor’s profession.

Some Online Links to Get you Started

Canada – FamilySearch, Library and Archives

US – FamilySearch, Cyndi’s List, Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness

UK – FamilySearch, FreeUKGenealogy or with an Ancestry Free Account you could try this link for UK Parish Records

Australia – FamilySearch, Biographical Database of Australia