So this last week I have been fiddling around with this idea in relation to my genealogy concerning the idea of occupation and education. Of course a lot of this has to do with the idea of economic or social class, and the access of some to the resources which give a person an education, and the resulting ability to obtain a profession which provides some level of economic stability. How does my family’s occupational and educational history reflect the class in which they are a part?
But first I have to establish what people did and if they had an education. This is not an easy task, and at some point I had to fall back on the literate/illiterate definitions, based mainly on census and the fact that they were able to sign their name in the marriage registers.
Here are the results of the tree for six generations stemming from me….
|Pedigree generated by PedigreeQuery.com|
And what does this say? It is clear that the paternal line had access to education longer than parts of my maternal line. If I went back further than six generations the conclusions would change, as the the family of the Minister (on the maternal line) was fairly well off and therefore had better access to resources and consequently going back was better educated and held secure employment. I think what I find interesting is the part of the maternal line that had illiteracy up until the children born in the 1860s. Compulsory education had its role to play in the ability of their children to obtain an education, and improve their circumstances.
Forgive the weird pedigree chart – trying out a new program!
Much more to think about.