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Learning about our ancestors’ occupations helps to give us an understanding of their daily lives. This book covers dozens of historic trades – accounting for around 90% of the Victorian population, in fact – giving succinct details about the trade, how to go about researching it, and useful resources. There is also an extended introductory essay which presents the essential methods and records for researching historic occupations in the United Kingdom. The author, Andrew Chapman, has written about family and social history for many years, is the former executive editor of Your Family History magazine, and is the editor of Discover Your Ancestors magazine.