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Census records, city directories, newspapers, and primary sources documented each individual's occupations. Browse records using the occupational categories listed below.


The occupational terms used in these sources varied considerably, reflecting the background and preferences of the person collecting or publishing the information. (For example, cabinetmakers were classified as carpenters by some census takers, and carpenters were often called mechanics in city directories or the census.) Please keep such inconsistencies in mind as you review the occupational data in the Archive.


- A -

Apprentices

Architects and Builders

Artificial Flower Makers

Artists

Assistant or Helper


- B -

Basket Makers

Bell Founders

Blacksmiths

Bookbinders

Botanists

Braziers or Brass Founders

Bricklayers

Brickmakers

Broom Makers

Buttonmakers


- C -

Cabinetmakers

Calligraphers

Carpenters

Carpet Weavers

Cartographers

Chairmakers

Chairmakers (seats)

Clockmakers or Watchmakers

Coach Painters

Coach Trimmers

Contractors

Coppersmiths

Cornice Makers

Counterfeiters

Cutlers


- D -

Draughtsmen

Dyers


- E -

Engineers

Engravers


- F -

Finishers

Framemakers

Furniture Workers


- G -

Gardeners

Gas Fixture Makers

Gilders

Glaziers

Glassworkers

Gunsmiths


- H -

Hatters


- I -

Inventors

Iron and Steel Workers


- J -

Joiners


- K -

Knitters


- L -

Leatherworkers

Lightning Rod Makers

Lithographers

Locksmiths


- M -

Machinists

Mattress Makers

Mechanics

Milliners

Millwrights

Musical Instrument Makers


- N -

Needleworkers


- P -

Paint Makers

Painters

Paperhangers

Patternmakers

Pewterers

Photographers

Plasterers

Portraitists

Potters

Printers


- Q -

Quiltmakers


- R -

Rubber Stamp Makers


- S -

Sailmakers

Sculptors

Shipbuilders

Shoemakers

Sign Painters

Silversmiths or Jewelers

Stationers

Stencil Makers

Stereotypers

Stirrup Makers

Stonecutters or Stonemasons

Surveyors


- T -

Tent Makers

Tinsmiths

Toymakers

Trunk Makers

Turners


- U -

Upholsterers


- W -

Weavers

Wheelwrights

Wigmakers

Window Dressers

Woodcarvers

Woodworkers


last updated 12-28-2016

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