Occupations. Jobs. Careers. Our work. Whatever you want to call it, our calling in life often defines who we are. Hopefully it is more than just a way to bring home the bacon. Hopefully, even with the bad days, our work is an avenue from which we can find happiness and satisfaction. Occupations have always been an important part of life. Even the census, from 1850 on, asked for the occupation of each citizen. Like me, you probably have hundreds of different occupations on your family tree. I hope like me, you have photos of some of those family members either actually working at or posing in front of their place of employment. Whether tailors, barbers, police, or farmers, each photo not only gives clues to the personality and life of the worker but helps with the understanding of the times in which he or she lived.
The July/August issue of Shades of the Departed focusses on occupations. In it, you will find photos of barbers, police, nurses, and other types of workers that have made up our economy. You will also learn how to repair damaged photos so that they look new again and how to creatively use your photos in heritage scrapbook pages. I found the article on using my new IPad for research while traveling to be extremely interesting and timely.
Be sure to check this issue out as well as any you might have missed along the way. They are all right
here at Shades of the Departed.