At the recent family history show, Who Do You Think You Are? Live, I was fortunate enough to be able to catch some of the presentation that Laura Berry gave. As a leading television genealogy researcher she had some great insights to give her audience from her experience with celebrity family trees and how you could use the techniques to find your own ancestors.
Later that day I caught up with Laura on the Discover Your Ancestors stand where she was signing her book:
Discover Your Ancestors’ Occupations.
The publication is aimed at family historians who are intrigued about their ancestor’s work life. It is often among the first details that we learn about an individual from the civil registration certificates and census records and from it we may make assumptions about a person’s social standing, community, financial situation and even their health.
Laura Berry’s book is well written with lots of examples and links to websites. Chapters cover agricultural forebears, Craftsmen, Tradesmen & Merchants; Industry; Professionals; Profit & Loss; Entertainers and going further.
What is the chapter on Profit & Loss about? In that chapter Laura casts her expert eye over collections of records that chart the peaks and troughs in an ancestor’s career whether they were tradespeople, craftsmen and women, in business, mariners, military or labourers.
Discover Your Ancestors’ Occupations by Laura Berry
published by Discover Your Ancestors Publishing. ISBN 978 1 911166 02 3 £9.95
Available from www.discoveryourancestors.co.uk
Laura Berry’s website is: http://www.lauraberry.co.uk/
Check out my video interview with Laura Berry:
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