how can I find job

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How can I find out what my ancester did for a living?
in WikiTree Help by Elizabeth Alderdice G2G6 Mach 2 (23.8k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

2 Answers

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The easiest way is to look through old family records or search for documents related to the professions of your ancestors.

In many church records or registry office documents the professions of the respective ancestors are indicated. That means, you have to search these parish or civil records.

Then there is the possibility to search in archives for house books, wills, court files, farm files, craftsmen's rolls, ship registers or other helpful materials.
by Dieter Lewerenz G2G Astronaut (2.6m points)
I have no idea how to get it and because I am disabled and the virus restrictions I cannot go anywhere also no family papers or records
I would start with the census records. If your ancestor lived in the U.S., you can search from the comfort of your own home, at

I often type right into the google / chrome search box:

1860 us census familysearch

And that will bring up the page where you can enter your ancestor's name for that particular census.
the name I am looking for is in the 1758 date no records in Scotland for that time no census as I have said before
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You need to review every census record you can find sometimes it is listed.  Then every family history story, even ones not mainly about them, as once in awhile will be in there with a family members story.  A will record can also say once in awhile, i.e: planter is a common comment in wills   Best of luck!
by Loretta Morrison G2G6 Pilot (158k points)
the one I want is in the 1758 range no  census
Yes, we all struggle with records in that era and further back than that unless the ancestor was more famous often nothing or almost nothing will be on record.
I would look for probate records. Sometimes you can determine the occupation of a person by the inventory of their estate.
as I have already said there are no records in Scotland for the 1758 dates records only start after 1850
there are no records for 1758 not untill 1850
no records for 1758 In Scotland
Government records started in 1855 but parish records existed before then and I'm sure people had wills in 1758. has some tips further down the page that you might find useful.
I have done all this and cannot find anything noot all people registered inf church or parish records I am sorry butAmericans seem to think it is easy to fing things in census and records but since there are not any it is almost impossible remember not all countries are as young as  yours
Then, at least for this person, unfortunately, you probably will be unable to find out their occupation.

Us American's most everyone at least, are looking for the same records as you from about then, as our ancestors were all originally from somewhere elsesmiley

We are connected in Scotland, Elizabeth, by the way.yes

I know but some keep on about census and church records not everyone used church registers I have looked
I know I was just fed up being told to use thing that are not in use then I will not be able to find anything
If only they would read my posts telling them that there was no census in 1758

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