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Most of our ancestors were the "Salt of the Earth" types: agricultural labourers, shepherds, fishermen, market gardeners, higglers and the lot. In many cases, they left no employment records. But sometimes we find one who had a particular skill, training or calling that caused them to be recorded on a roll somewhere. This page is for those individuals.

If your ancestor was an agricultural labourer, you may want to read "Captain Swing," by Eric Hobsbawm and George Rude, first published in 1969. It researches the riots among agricultural workers circa 1830 and is considered one of the definitive works on the history of the working poor in England.

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[Last updated: 2-June-2014 - Louis R. Mills]