Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Workday Wednesday: What was the occupation of my Luxembourg ancestor?

  From everything I've read, most Luxembourger immigrants were lower middle class farmers when they left Luxembourg - but could move onto very different occupations in the United States. How do you find out what they did? The U.S. census and state census documents are a good place to start, since they list occupations. Make sure you check every census document for your ancestor. Mine had a  stint on the railroad I never would have known about, except for the fact that it was recorded in a state census. Look at death records and obituaries. Most list occupations. And (with thanks to our town historians for the reminder) check the tax lists. You never know what you'll find!

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