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….

Graduate Degree University
Historian
Graduate Degree University
Civil Engineer
Undergraduate Degree
Civil Engineer
Sales Manager
College
Construction Co Owner
Administrator
Literate
Construction
Farmer
Literate
Construction/ Farmer
 
 
Elementary School
No occupation
 
 
Elementary School
No occupation
Unknown
Farmer
 
 
Unknown
No occupation
 
 
High School
No occupation
Unknown
Farmer
Unknown
Farmer
Unknown/ Farmer
Unknown
Unknown
No occupation
Unknown/ Farmer
 
High School
No occupation
Unknown
Farmer
 
 
Unknown  
 
High School
No occupation
Literate
Hotelier
Salesman/ Sales Agent
Business owner
Unknown
Hotelier
Unknown
Hotelier
 
 
Unknown  
 
Unknown    
 
   
 
High School
No occupation
Literate
Clerk/ Merchant
Landlord
Unknown  
 
Unknown  
 
Literate
No occupation
Unknown
Cooper
 
 
Unknown  
 
High School
Secretarial College
Lab Assistant
Secretary
Elementary School
Clerk
Bookmaker
Literate
Accountant
Typewriter Salesman
Elementary School
Brewer/ Publican
Accountant
Literate
Hairdresser/ Merchant
Unknown
Unknown/ Publican
Unknown Unknown/ Hairdresser
Unknown
Literate
No occupation
Literate
Tower Ordnance/ Gentleman
Graduate Uni/ Minister/ headmaster
Literate
Literate Unknown/ ship breaker
Unknown
Literate
Haberdashery Shop
Unknown
butcher/ publican
Unknown
butcher/ Publican
 
 
Unknown  
 
Unknown    
 
   
 
Elementary School
No occupation
Literate
Gunsmith
Literate
Gun barrel roller
   
 
   
 
Unknown
No occupation
Unknown
Button maker
 
 
Unknown  
 
Literate
Seamstress
Illiterate
engine driver
   
 
   
 
unknown
No occupation
   
 
   
 
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.

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