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A Genealogist In The Archives: GenFriends Talk Ancestor's Occupation

Saturday, September 7, 2019

GenFriends Talk Ancestor's Occupation

This past Monday, September 2, 2019, was Labor Day here in the United States. This is a federal holiday that pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. This holiday is traditionally celebrated on the first Monday in September. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894.

W.L. Cary Motor Co., Erin, Tenn. 1948, Houston County, TN. Archives

Many may not know that Canada also celebrated their own version of Labor Day this past Monday. The origins of their Labor Day can be traced back to April 15, 1872 when the Toronto Trades Assembly organized Canada's first significant demonstration for worker's rights. Canada's Labor Day was originally celebrated in the Spring but it was moved to the fall in 1894.

I was pleased to be a part of a very special GenFriends Monday night where two Americans (Cheri Hudson Passey and Myself) and two Canadians (Kathryn Lake Hogan and Christine Woodcock) came together virtually to talk about Labor Day and our ancestor's occupations.

You can view the GenFriends episode at this link on YouTube:

We talked about why genealogists should be researching their ancestor's occupations, where to find occupational records and we shared our own ancestor's occupations.

Cheri Hudson Passey, who leads GenFriends, blogs about our GenFriends episodes and includes all the show notes and links, you can see her blog over at Carolina Girl Genealogy Blog:

So, if you haven't considered researching your ancestor's occupation, check out this GenFriends episode and get some great tips!

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