Bearing in mind how long we educate our young people for nowadays, and what kind of age they began working, I started to wonder what age my ancestors began working.
I knew my mother left school at age 14 and went straight to work as a housekeeper for a doctor, but I was a little surprised to see one of my older ancestors was working at age 8 plaiting straw. I have since found another aged 10 doing the same job. I suspect there will be a pattern evolving where education gradually becomes more important for young people as we edge closer to the here and now, rather than it being a huge leap.
What is the youngest age your ancestors began working and have you seen such a pattern emerging in your country. I am from the U.K.