Ancestry Jobs Continued Again! – What Did My Ancestor Do?

By | January 27, 2017

Researching the professions and trades of our ancestors can be a challenging task for the family historians. These ancestry jobs can be quite difficult to research as we are not too sure where we can find information on this aspect of our relatives lives. Furthermore, even if we do know where to look we may not know how to search these records to find them. This review will show you four guide books that will help you trace your family’s ancestry jobs.

My Ancestor Was A Lawyer

After finding out what my ancestors did for work I have often wondered what their job and their life was like. Because of this curiosity I was able to piece their lives together more. I did this by finding business records and other sources of information.

With all of these resources at my disposal I was able to fill in the gaps in my knowledge about their lives. For example, where they worked, their business expenses, etc.

Besides looking at the usual names, dates of significance, other family members and any other records that may come our way, we sometimes overlook what their jobs was all about.

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Through my own research I have looked far more closely at my family history. I have learned the history of my family’s professions and what their job was like.

But I have digressed slightly here as this review will look at four specific job details. This review will briefly describe the following jobs and show you books that will help you with your genealogy research.

Four Books That Will Help You Trace Your Ancestors Working Lives:

My Ancestor Was A Lawyer     My Ancestor Was A Royal Marine

My Ancestor Was A Woman At War     My Ancestor Worked In The Theatre

Please note:

Although these books are available to you in the US and the UK, they discuss what work was like in the UK for your ancestors. These books will also discuss resources that you can find to get your ancestors work records.

Also, these books are available in the Kindle format. So once you have purchased them then you can immediately start to trace your ancestors. There is no waiting for a book to arrive in the mail.

If you do wish to purchase a paperback then there are links available when you go through to the Amazon product.

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My Ancestor Was A LawyerMy Ancestor Was A Lawyer

  • Product: My Ancestor Was A Lawyer
  • Book Type: Kindle
  • File Size: 12986KB
  • Pages: 215 pages
  • Author: Brian Brooks & Mark Herber
  • Publisher: Society of Genealogists Enterprises Ltd
  • Published: March 3, 2015
  • Place to Buy in US: Amazon US
  • Place to Buy in UK: Amazon UK

At one time I thought that I had a lawyer in my own family tree. I had found an ancestor of mine in a census, but the handwriting was fancy and difficult to read. What I thought to be ‘Lawyer‘ was in fact ‘Sawyer‘. It was only after spending a bit more time pondering this record that I saw that I was wrong.


My point here is to take care when it comes to deciphering official documents. Also, you must be wary of the transcriber who has digitized these records. Sometimes they will too make mistakes as well when they are uploading these records online.

The authors of this book will give you a valuable overview of the law profession in England and Wales. They also cover what records exist and how you can use them.

Within this comprehensive guide there are chapters on:

  • Lawyers and their societies
  • Institutions and records
  • Published records of lawyers
  • Records of the courts

Besides these main chapters there is much more included in the book that will help you along your way. There is also a useful section about lawyers in Scotland, Ireland and also English lawyers overseas.

My Ancestor Was A Royal MarineMy Ancestor Was A Royal Marine

  • Product: My Ancestor Was A Royal Marine
  • Book Type: Kindle
  • File Size: 1410KB
  • Pages: 116 pages
  • Author: Ken Divall
  • Publisher: Society of Genealogists Enterprises Ltd
  • Published: November 1, 2011
  • Place to Buy in US: Amazon US
  • Place to Buy in UK: Amazon UK

Described as the United Kingdom’s amphibious light infantry force forms part of the Naval Service. The other half that makes up this service is the Royal Navy. The Royal Marines were first formed in 1755, but can actually trace their origins back to 1664.


Essentially the marines are trained for rapid deployment and can handle any threat. They are organized into a light infantry brigade and a number of separate units, as well as a number of other groups.

The Royal Marines have been in action in a number of major wars, and often fighting beside the British Army. They also have close international ties with other allied marine forces, including the United States and the Netherlands.

The five different wars covered in this book include:

  • Seven Years War
  • Napoleonic War
  • Crimean War
  • World War I
  • World War II

Together with the help of Major General Julian Thompson the author Ken Divall will help you explore your Royal Marine ancestors. The book will help you understand fully the history of the service with an introduction. They will give you guidance on how to trace your ancestors that served in the Royal Marines.

This guide book will list for you the records that are available to you help with your genealogy research.  The author will also help you to locate these records.

My Ancestor Was A Woman At WarMy Ancestor Was A Woman At War

  • Product: My Ancestor Was A Woman At War
  • Book Type: Kindle
  • File Size: 12888KB
  • Pages: 312 pages
  • Author: Emma Jolly
  • Publisher: Society of Genealogists Enterprises Ltd
  • Published: December 1, 2013
  • Place to Buy in US: Amazon US
  • Place to Buy in UK: Amazon UK

Women during wartime would fill many roles that would traditionally be male jobs. The reason for this was obvious. As men went off to war the women essentially had to run the country and carry out important roles that would help continue the daily life of the United Kingdom.


On the onset of war numerous advertisements would encourage women to fill these important male roles. But they would also take an active part in the war effort itself. They would for example join the nurse corps and the armed forces. This would therefore mean that more men could be sent into combat.

This is a great book for you even if you do not know whether your female ancestors were involved with the war effort. The book details a wide range of roles that women undertook during wartime.

For me this is particularly interesting as I like to read the contributions of everyone during this time. There are plenty of war documentaries on the television and also in bookshops. But you don’t usually see or hear about women’s contributions.

This is a very useful aid in tracing your female ancestors military career. There is particular emphasis on the Victorian era and the First and Second World Wars.

The book will show you what records and resources are available to you!

As well as helping you to trace military records there is also numerous case studies throughout the book that will fascinate you.

So, as I have already said this is a great tool to trace your women at war ancestors. Or even if you are interested in military history and women’s contributions.

My Ancestor Worked In The TheatreMy Ancestor Worked In The Theatre

  • Product: My Ancestor Worked In The Theatre
  • Book Type: Kindle
  • File Size: 5960KB
  • Pages: 101 pages
  • Author: Alan Ruston
  • Publisher: Society of Genealogists Enterprises Ltd
  • Published: September 8, 2015
  • Place to Buy in US: Amazon US
  • Place to Buy in UK: Amazon UK

I know that my grandparents and great grandparents on my father’s side would enjoy going to the theatre quite regularly. They would love to see the performers on stage sing, dance and sing.


Despite not finding any relative of mine that performed on stage I am interested in this book. It shows another part of British life that is not always explored.

It will also shows you how you can trace numerous records and resources which is also quite fascinating as well.

A brief history of the theatre!

This book gives a brief history of the theatre in Britain. It will also identify resources to help you, such as libraries and record repositories. Drawing upon these resources you will be able to trace the careers of your ancestors in the theatre.

There are also examples included in the book that shows several showmen that were successfully traced and researched. This will definitely aid you in your genealogy research as well as inspire you.

Topics covered in this useful guide include:

  • Newspapers
  • Playbills
  • Biographies
  • Fairs and circuses
  • Music hall
  • Sources in Ireland and Scotland
  • Specialist archives and collections and more.

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Author: Owain

Hello, Owain here. After researching my family history for a number of years I wanted to give back to the genealogy world. So here you will find guides, tips and product reviews that will help you on your genealogy journey.

10 thoughts on “Ancestry Jobs Continued Again! – What Did My Ancestor Do?

  1. Francis Donaghy

    Another good piece Owain. Your format is very simple to operate, and it always reads well.
    Have you discussed somewhere your own personal findings from your family tree?
    All the best, Francis.

    1. Owain Post author

      Thank you for your kind words Francis, I appreciate it. One of my aims with this site is for my posts to easily to follow.

      As for my personal findings from my tree I pop these into posts whenever the occasion arises. My approach with this site is to give both my opinions and my experiences with tracing my ancestry.

  2. Dira

    Very informative and interesting post. What if some of my ancestors are coming from the amazonian Indian tribes or from slaves. These groups are more difficult to research. Do you know of any guide book that could be helpful?

    1. Owain Post author

      Hi Dira,

      As you can imagine genealogy is such a wide subject. I have yet to include ways to trace these groups of people. But I will be in the future. So as they say stay tuned.

  3. alham

    Hi Owain,

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful information. I really found your article to be very helpful. Understanding what our ancestors once did can be really fascinating as you said.

    Are there any other books that you recommend that could help me trace the jobs of my ancestors?


    1. Owain Post author

      Hi Alham,

      Thanks for dropping by. Yes there are more books that I have reviewed on here that will help you.

      My first review lists agricultural labourer, apprentice, British Army, coalminer and leather worker.

      My second review lists railway worker, Royal Navy, in service, studio photographer and Thames Waterman.

      Hopefully you will find something of interest.

  4. Dan

    I’m curious about what my ancestors did too. My grandpa owned an apple orchard so I wonder if I come from a line of farmers. Are there any more books like these? I like the cover art and they sound interesting

    1. Owain Post author

      Yes it is quite possible that your ancestors came from a long line of farmers. My ancestors worked the land originally. The estate that they worked for was quite influential in the leather trade. Hence my ancestors turning to the shoemaking trade.

      This is the only book so far that I have found that will help you with this particular type of research. If I do come across any other book then I will be sure to let you know.

      All the best with your family history research,

  5. sandra

    I read your previous post on ancestry jobs and found this one equally informative. There is some very useful guides that you have presented here. Also, they are in an easy to read format for me.

    I am not sure about the other books but the Woman At War sounds very interesting. It could help me discover what my ancestors did during the war.

    1. Owain Post author

      Thanks Sandra for your comment. I am glad that you found them informative and easy to follow. That has been my aim with this site.

      Yes the Woman At War book is very fascinating. There is so many books on War from the male perspective, so this book is quite different. Family historians want to discover what their ancestors did, and this is not different whether they are tracing a male ancestor or female.


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