Antigonish County 1891 Nova Scotia Census Project Occupation codes

         1891 Nova Scotia Census
         INDEX OF "SMALL" OCCUPATION CODES:

         There are several problems connected with the "OCCUPATION" field
         in the 1891 Census enumeration.  Foremost is the promiscuous use
         of ditto marks, making it difficult to determine when they are
         "intended" and when "accidental".    Secondly, there are numerous
         instances where a person is enumerated as a "wage earner" and no
         occupation listed.  Thirdly, there is a sort of "coding",
         obviously a post-enumeration effort, which applies a "CODE",
         (usually two character, occasionally more) in the rightmost area
         of the "occupation" field.  The code is applied to individuals who
         were enumerated with occupations, and to those without.  However,
         not all "occupations" are so coded;  nor is it apparent what
         criteria might have been applied in selecting those coded versus
         those not coded.

         Nonetheless, this "post-enumeration" coding does shed some
         additional light on occupations, and is included in the
         "OCCUPATION" field, at the rightmost zone, in this listing.

         The coding was apparently done by the same person, for many of the
         Districts.  Unfortunately, it is not very legible.  A listing of
         the codes, with the corresponding full "OCCUPATION", follows.
         This listing was made from examination of many Districts, but is
         not presumed to be complete, or even accurate.  It is offered as a
         "HELP", without guarantees.

         CODE         OCCUPATION LISTING

         Ac             Farm laborer
                        Farm servant
                        Farm hand
                        Fisherman
                        Employee- bank
         Ad             Farmer (apparently, a full-scale farmer)
         Af             Gardener
                        Brickmaker
         Ah             Lumberman
         Ai             Miner
                        Coal cutter
         Ak             Miner
                        Gold miner
         Al             Fisherman
                        Banks fisherman
         Bb             No occupation listed, but looks like it stands for
                        "Farmer's son" or "Farm Helper".
         Bc             No occupation listed.
         Bk             Mining engineer
         Bn             Town clerk
         Cb             Architect
         Cc             Artist
         Cf             Priest
                        Clergyman
                        Minister
                        Preaching
         Ch             Draftsman
         Ck             Steamboat engineer
         Cm             Mail contractor
         Cn             County treasurer
                        Clerk, county court
                        Sheriff
                        Post mistress
                        Post master
                        Asst. Post master
                        Post office
                        P. O. Employee
         Da             Barrister
                        Attorney
         Db             Music teacher
         Dc             Teacher
                        School teacher
                        Teacher, public school
                        Physician
                        Physician & surgeon
         Ea             Butcher
                        Barber
         Ec             Hotel
                        Hotel keeper
         Ef             Common labor
                        Laborer
                        Labor
                        Farm labor
                        Chopper
         Eg             Laundry work
         Eh             Nurse
         Ek             Saloon keeper
                        Rum seller
         Em             Domestic
                        House servant
         Emc            Catchman
         Ep             Engineer
         Eva            House work
                        Servant
                        House keeper
                        Cook
         Fb             Policeman
         Fd             Horse trainer
         Ga             Broker
                        Life insurance agent
                        Insurance agent
         Gb             Watchmaker
         Gc             Book keeper
         Gd             Book agent
                        Ticket agent
                        Railway agent
         Gh             Broker
         Gk             Ferryman
                        Employee - water boat
                        Engineer
                        Skow man
         Gl             Accountant
         Gm             Mail clerk
                        Mail carrier
                        Clerk
                        Bank clerk
         Gn             Mail driver
                        City expressman
                        Tanner
                        Teamster
                        Currier
                        Driver of horses
         Gp             Ry overseer
                        Railway section boss
         Ha             Gen. dealer, Dry goods & Groceries
         Hc             Druggist
                        Stevedore
         Hg             Bookkeeper - store
         Ho             Retail Dealer - Dry Goods
         Hri            Wholesale
         Ja             Retail dealer - Groceries
         Kc             Sailor
         Kd             Merchant
                        Retail Dealer - Sales
                        General Merchant
                        Trader
                        Shopkeeper
         Kf             Ship owner
         Ki             Seaman
         Kk             Boiler machinist
         Ko also Wd     Sea Captain
                        Master Mariner
                        Sailor
                        Seaman
         Kp             Clerk in Saloon
                        Clark
                        Grocery clerk
                        Clerk in Dry Goods Store
                        Clerk
                        Clerk in store
         La             R.R. Stationmaster
         Lb             Ry Brakeman
         Lc             Fireman
                        Railway conductor
                        Sticker
         Ld             Navy
         Le             Ry. Foreman
         Lg             Railway
                        Trackman, RR
         Li             Ry. Conductor
                        Ry. Engineer
                        Electric Car Conductor
                        Electric Car Driver
         Lk             Telegraph Rep.
         Lm             Tel. Operator
                        L. Operator
                        Collector of Customs
         Ln             Commercial Traveller
                        Travelling Salesman
                        Light Keeper
                        Collector of Customs
                        Asst. Collector of Customs
         Ni             Blacksmith
         "n" codes seem to be different... many are not true "occupations".
         Many seem to apply to female wage earners, perhaps to jobs like
         "milkmaid" or "butter maker", etc.
         nkl            Nun
                        Nun - Supervisor
         ngn            Student
         ngf
         nga
         ngk            Factory hand - male
         ngk
         ngh
         nka
         nisk
         nesa
         nlse
         nlsa
         no             In shoe factory
         ngf            Pauper
         nl             Dyer
         nlon           Student
         nlsb           Gentleman
         nlsa           Housekeeper
         nyn            Student
         Oi             House Builder
         Om             Quarryman
         Pc             Carpenter
                        House Carpenter
                        Bridge Builder
                        House Joiner
         Pi             Wheelwright
         Pl             Carriage Builder
                        Carriage Maker
                        Chaise Maker
         Pm             Lime Burner
         Qb (?)         Watchman
         Sa             Saddler
         Sup            Apprentice
         Tb             Machinist
         Tc             Stone Mason
                        Brick Mason
                        Leather Manufacture
                        Manufact. - Sash & Door
         Td             Stone Cutter
         Tm             Miller
                        Foreman & Miller
         Tn             Millman
                        Milner
         Ug             Painter
                        House Painter
         Ul             Photographer
         Uo             Plasterer
         Up             Plumer
         Va             Potter
         Vk             Hose Factory
                        Dressmaker
         Vl             Sailmaker
         Vm             Foreman in Mill
         Vn             Mill Sawyer
         Vo             Dressmaker
                        Seamstress
         Wd             Sea Captain
                        Master Mariner
                        Sailor
                        Ship Carpenter
                        Boat Builder
                        Caulker
                        Shipwright
                        Rigger
         Wl             Boilermaker
         Xc             Tinsmith
         Xl             Upholsterer
         Y yls (U.C.)   Millwright
         Yb             Carver
         Yd             Weaver
                        Factory Hand
         Yi             Shoemaker
                        Boot and Shoemaker
         Zb             Cooper
         Zh (or Gh?)    Tailor
                        Tailoress
                        Tailoring

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