Wednesday, May 31, 2017

What Did They Do For A Living?

I think digging into the professions of my ancestors helps me to understand a little better who they were.  This information can be very valuable in connecting missing pieces of their lives.  I am always on the lookout for clues like photos, documents, and keepsakes.  If I look closely, maybe I will find the answers to some of my questions. What did they do for a living?  Where did they work?  Was it close to their home?  Did they do the same job for their whole working life?  How did their job affect who they were as a person?

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