Genealogy Source Checklist
Today’s blog is about Employment records. Start with your own. Find your resume. Look it over what pops out at you. Memories come flooding back. What tools did you need to do your work? Make a list. Take photographs of that equipment. Find a photograph of you at work. Maybe even a newspaper article about you, your place of employment or about the type of job you do. It might be about a different company, but it explains the process of your work. Future generations want your story they want to know what you did.
Let’s go find that story for them. Document it. Maybe even write a Resume for your retirement. Wouldn’t it be fun to write about what your “leisure” years are all about? What did your parents, grandparents do for employment? In their retirement? Finding those tidbits of life will provide a glimpse not only into the life we are researching, but that of the culture and social norms of the day.
Think about what tools of the trade would be. A traveling nurse would have, uniforms, a stethoscope, bandage scissors, four color pen (now a days a laptop), thermometers, bandages, a “duffle/nurses” bag and a Blood Pressure Cuff. These are just a few of the items a nurse might need to get you started on a list of your own for whatever trade of the person your are researching.
Remember spelling didn’t matter in the beginning. I have created a list that we should look for in our ancestral search. You will find mention of record types from earlier post listed here. It is a reminder to search multiple locations for your records. Use the list as a guideline. You may even find or think of records that I haven’t. Add them to your list. Happy Family Researching.
Resume Work logs
Account books Tools of the trade
Union membership Nurse’s License
Doctor’s License Insurance cards
Insurance papers Business Cards
Business Letterhead Business Advertisements/Flyers
Service Awards Performance Evaluations
Personnel files Company records
IRS/tax records Photographs
Annual Yearbooks Uniforms
Midwives Journal Attendance logs
Retail Logs Store inventories
Household inventories Pharmacist records
Mechanic logs Farmers log
Garden Plan Slide Ruler
Society registration cards Society records/activities/publications
Farm equipment Farmers log book
I could go on and on listing items and still forget something. This list is just a jumping off point for you to think of what would be required on your ancestor’s trade. If it is a family business how did that equipment or expectations of the job change? (Mercurial thermometers to digital thermometers is one example.)
- Saville, Susanne; Susanne Saville- Caffeinated Natter All the Caffeine, Half the Sense; Blogspot post 13 Nov 2011; accessed 15 May 2014 http://susannesaville.blogspot.com/2011/11/most-unique-use-of-figural-cat-ceramic.html
- Thank you to all genealogist and family researchers for your time and research. I have compiled this list from what records I have encountered in my own research, listening to podcast, webinars; reading blogs. I wish I could thank everyone individually. In my earlier years of research I did not always document who suggested a record group source. Going forward in my research, I will make every effort to identify and credit who provided the lead.