The majority of immigrant pioneers to the North West Territories were involved with the Hudson Bay Company and North West Company in the 1800s. First Nation and immigrant residents were hunters, trappers, gatherers. Homesteading was the main occupation of immigrants to Saskatchewan in the early 1900s. There were also other occupations to sustain the booming population of the "Last Best West".
Libraries have copies of "Henderson's Directories" which started in 1885. These directories list persons in a household over the age of 18, their residential address and occupation. Census records and the Canadian National Registration of 1940 records, Passenger Lists and Naturalization records stated each person along with their occupation as well.
The historical dates combined with local history may also help to uncover ancestral source documents for family background. For example if an family arrived to Canada with young children in the early 1900s, their sons may be of age to serve in WW1, so Military papers from Canadian Expeditionary Force may uncover family information.
If Saskatchewan residents were local public officials, involved with a community, school or church organization, these records are quite often found both in Local History and Family Biography Books and at Provincial Archives.
Interviews with family members may uncover letters, photographs, diaries which may also provide a detailed biographical ancestral profile. Whether you locate these, a will or estate document or a homestead record they may help you to determine the occupation and thereby help to determine how the family lived.
Discovering an ancestor's occupation helps to add a bit of color to the family tree and may incite youngsters and other family members into the fascinating world of genealogy. Occupations specific to pioneering families in Saskatchewan may have been...ice cream making, butter churning, spinning, threshing, hay baling, wheat grinding, stooking, bag tying, clay oven baking, wood cutting, steam plowing, hunter, trapper, lawyer, surveyor, land titles agent, operating horse drawn tillage harvesting equipment, politician, blacksmith, shoe making, spinning-tatting, grocer, restaurant owner, laundry operator, quilting, wheat weaving, rope making, sawmill and rock crusher operations, homesteader, farmer, teacher, clergy, railway, telegraph or post office operator. Visiting a historical museum, original homestead location, or occupational workplace of our ancestor's helps to add knowledge and understanding of the lifestyle experienced in familial history.
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Ancestral Occupational Resumes
Ancestry.com Working for a living
Archivia Net Canadian Nurses
Canadian Forts - Saskatchewan
Canadian Genealogy Centre - Employment
North West Mounted Police
Canadian Railway Telegraph History Website
Cyndi's List .com Occupations
Genelogical Index for Canadian Railway Telegraph Agents, Opserators, Dispatchers ...
First Ten Years. Saskatoon Community Clinic, 1962-1974 - Medical - history of the Community Health Services Association in Saskatoon.
Genealogical Resources on the Internet - Occupations
Historical Highlights of the RCMP
History of Frobisher and District Schools
History of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Legal Correspondents of Wilber Mercantile Agency in Canada, 1917
Memories of Shand - History of a Saskatchewan Coal Mining Community
National Archives - Postal Archives*-- postmasters at individual post ffices located across Canada
One Room School House Project - Saskatchewan Teachers
RCMP Museum ~ Musée de la GRC
RCMP Centennial Museum RCMP Historical Timeline and Highlights
Report of the Commissioner of the North-West Mounted Police Force 1888
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- Violin Makers
Saskatchewan Business and Commerce from Family Search.org >>This page adopted by:
The Saskatchewan GenWeb and its members who welcome you to contribute.
Saskatchewan Premiers of Canada and Leaders of Opposition
Swift Current Agriculture and Exhibition Association - Doc's Town - Ball's Blacksmith Shop
Trading Posts and Forts - Atlas of Saskatchewan
Violet: Saskatchewan Experiences (teaching School)
Welcome to the RCMP History (North-West Mounted Police (NWMP))
Western Canada Baseball - teams and photos
If your family heritage included a baseball team player, there are many teams to check out here -- for instance a sampling would be:
- Saskatoon Lions
- Colonsay Monarchs
- North Battleford Beavers
- Saskatoon 55s
- Sceptre Nixons
- Medicine Hat
- Indian Head Rockets
- Kamsack Cyclones
- Saskatoon Gems
- Kamsack Cyclones
- Lloydminster Meridians
- Yorkton Cardinals
- Moose Jaw Mallards
- Regina Senators
- Saskatoon Commodores