A Glossary of Ranks, Professions, Occupations & Trades provided by GenDocs.
Rodney Hall also has a page listing old occupational terms.
A number of TNA Information Leaflets deal with records relating to individual occupations:- Apprenticeship Records as Sources for Genealogy (Domestic Records Information 80), Attorneys and Solicitors (Domestic Records Information 36), Civil Servants and Tax Collectors (Domestic Records Information 38), Coal mining (Domestic Records Information 35), The Coastguard (Military Records Information 44), Metropolitan Police (Domestic Records Information 52), Naval Dockyards (Military Records Information 41), Civilian Nurses and Nursing Services (Domestic Records Information 79), Royal Warrant Holders and Household Servants (Domestic Records Information 27), Canals: Administrative and Other Records (Domestic Records Information 83), Railways: Staff Records (Domestic Records Information 82), Labour, Records of the Ministry of Labour (Domestic Records Information 102) and Inventions: Patents and Specifications (Domestic Records Information 3).
CricInfo provided has a database of Cricketers who played for the England team.
Public Houses, Inns and Taverns: This site gives historic information on many Pubs, Inns, Taverns & Beer Houses across the country.
Two useful books about agricultural practice and implements are The Land of England by Dorothy Hartley and Woodland Crafts in Britain by Herbert L.Edlin (ISBN 0715358529).
George's: Canal Boating in the U.K. and Europe website provides maps of navigable canals in England and Wales. The CANAL-PEOPLE and the ENG-CANAL-PEOPLE Mailing Lists are valuable resource for those with ancestors who were canal workers or barge owners.
A very useful Dictionary of Occupational Terms was available on CD from the Open University. It is no longer available but you may find a it among your local FH Society's resources. This CD reproduces the 1927 Ministry of Labour guide to occupational terms used in the 1921 census. Although this is a 20th century publication, many of the terms are unchanged from their 19th century usage.
The Clergy of the Church of England Database (CCEd) is a collaborative project to create a relational database documenting the careers of all Church of England clergymen between 1540 and 1835.
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