Occupational Hazards: the working lives of our ancestors


Genealogists try to discover how family members earned their living but do not always consider the effect that the associated working conditions may have had. In the days before Health and Safety, many of the occupations undertaken by our ancestors were injurious to health. Some, such as mining or fishing were clearly dangerous but what were the risks for lawyers, fishmongers or grocers? If you descend from a long line of match girls, munitionettes, knife grinders, hatters or bakers, this is the opportunity to see how their health may have suffered as a consequence of the work that they did.

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