Ex­plore women’s em­ploy­ment

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - 20TH CENTURY ANCESTORS -

Women have of­ten held jobs, but this has not al­ways been recorded on of­fi­cial doc­u­ments, even in the 20th cen­tury. Check with liv­ing rel­a­tives about your fe­male an­ces­tors’ work­ing lives, and note this in­for­ma­tion for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. The Post Of­fice em­ployed many women and has ex­ten­sive records, some of which have been digi­tised and are avail­able on Ances­try up to 1969 ( bit.ly/anc-gpo); fur­ther records are held at the Postal Mu­seum in Lon­don (postal­mu­seum.org/dis­cover/col­lec­tions/archive-col­lec­tion/fam­ily-his­tory). Other big em­ploy­ers may have use­ful archive ma­te­rial and guides on­line, such as marksin­time. mark­sand­spencer.com.

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