What were occupations?

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What were occupations?

Postby BMartino » 15 Nov 2011, 18:34

Just curious if anyone knows!
For example, my great grandfathers and great great grandfather during the mid to 1800's. Just wondering what their occupations might have been when they lived in a town or village (Petrulo, Calvi Risorta). I know I've come across possidente numerous times, but I am guessing that does not mean they were wealthy landowners, just that they may have owned their own homes.
I wonder if there is any way to find this out? :)
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Re: What were occupations?

Postby liviomoreno » 15 Nov 2011, 19:28

Usually a "possidente" is a wealthy landowner and does not need to work for a living.
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Re: What were occupations?

Postby Sabino » 16 Nov 2011, 02:44

C'erano confusioni con i termini bracciante contadino e possidente poiché la professione era spesso attribuita arbitrariamente negli atti di stato civile.
Per noi la differenza è chiara ma su un atto puoi trovare la professione di possidente mentre la persona non possedeva beni.
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Re: What were occupations?

Postby BMartino » 16 Nov 2011, 18:48

Thanks for your replies! :)
I wonder if the towns kept a directory for that? Would anyone know? It would be interesting to find out.
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