I adopted the theme of what we experience on our family history journey and must admit as we have reached O, it is becoming more of a challenge without becoming repetitive. So this week with the Letter O, I am highlighting two sidelines which family historians come across with their research - Occasions and Occupations
O is for:
Obsessed, Organisd and Overjoyed are all part and parcel of being a family historian.
We are very familiar with such milestones as Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals - but a lesser known occasion is Confirmation and here are two photographs from my family collection.
Above - Dorothy Chisholm on her confirmation. she was engaged to my great uncle John Dnason who sadly died in 1915 before they were married. The Danson family continued to maintain contact with her throughout her life. She never married and I remember as a child visiting her with my mother and aunt.
|Ivy White of South Shields at her confirmation - my husband''s mother|
Occupations - if you are lucky, you may find records relating to an ancestor's working life in your local archive centre, though a lot does depend on the particular type of employment.
Farmers - I live in a rural area and my local archive centre has a large collection of agricultural records, that includes membership lists and minute books of local Farmers' Clubs, Pastoral Societies and Auction Marts that date back to the late 18th century, along with papers from indiviudal farms. My particular interest was in the Pringle Family of Kelso, members of the Border Union Agricultural Society. At the annual show in 1876, Adam Pringle won three prizes in the "Implements of Husbandry" Category for a self acting horse rake, a corn grinding mill, and a turnip topping and tailing machine - recorded in the minute books. (See below)
|Courtesy of Heritage Hub, Hawick - www.heartofhawick.co.uk/heritagehub|