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Dictionary of Old Trades and Occupations by Andrew & Sandra Twinning. 313 Pimpala Road, Mt. Hurtle, Woodcroft SA 5162, Australia. 2nd ed. 1995. 108 pp. Paperback. US $12.50 includes airmail postage. Fax 61-8-322-8102. M/C & Visa accepted.

This is a superb dictionary of pre-1900 occupations that genealogists will find mentioned in old documents. This second edition has added over 500 entries to the first edition, bringing the total to over 1500 entries. Each entry provides the name and a brief description. Any book like this cannot include every occupation and the authors admit to not include every specialized occupation for industries such as mining, textile, shipbuilding, the cooperages, breweries, distilleries and sugar-refineries.

The book concludes with a listing of Latin terms for common occupations and bibliography to lead you to further sources.

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.3 no.3, 1996