These pages updated June 16, 2004
For the most part, the majority of our ancestors were farmers or stock raisers. However, there were others who looked for work outside of the home. In considering the high cost of education and the need for these persons to remain on the homeplace working, it is sometimes amazing that they were able to become educated in some fields. Some trades though were learned from the father and passed down, such as blacksmithing; others were learned when young men were apprenticed out to others or in some instances, these young men were orphaned early in life and had no other options. I have tried to include most all of the most prominent occupations of the early days, with a short explanation of the trade. Some of these are simply positions that people held in ADDITION to farming such as a trustee.
If you know of the occupation of your ancestors, and they are not listed here, please submit them and I will post it.
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