Do you know what your ancestors did for a living?
I know what some of my recent ancestors did. For example, my Dad was a welder and later a truck driver. My paternal grandfather Fred was an ironworker in his younger days. My Mom’s father Eugène was a chief of police and later a carpenter.
I wasn’t quite sure, though, what kind of work my Canadian ancestors of the 1600s, 1700s, and 1800s did until I searched my family tree. I found a mix of humble, unskilled work like day labourer to professional and specialist work like wigmaker. The most popular occupations in all my ancestral lines were farmer, soldier (especially in the 1600s), carpenter (charpentier) and finishing carpenter (menuisier). The following lists, sorted by ancestral line, is a selection of some of my ancestors’ occupations.