What jobs did your Grandparents do?

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VioletBam Sat 18-Jun-16 08:36:16

And your Great Grandparents....AND what do you do? I'm just interested in the journeys...and I know this isn't really an AIBU but hey...there are more people here!

Here are mine....

Maternal Grandfather: Steelworker
Maternal Grandmother: Cleaner

Paternal Grandfather: Steelworker
Paternal Grandmother: Waitress

Great Maternal Grandfather: Boilermaker/Steelworker
Great Maternal Grandmother: Maid in a private house

Great Paternal Grandfather: Docker
Great Paternal Grandmother: Cleaner

Me: Actor and copywriter

I want to see other people's lists if possible...I find it fascinating that such a short time ago, some of my relatives couldn't write...a couple of those listed signed their marriage certificates with an X and beside that, the Registrar had written "Her mark".

It seems so strange...so few years have passed but so much social change has gone on. What will OUR great grandchildren see when they look at our records?

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limon Sat 18-Jun-16 08:41:19

On one side gf was a salesman , gm was a secretary (ggf was a hairdresser don't know about ggm) on other side gf was a caretaker and gm a seamstress. gf parents were a hairdresser (ggf and a sahm).

I'm CEO of a charity.

tigermoll Sat 18-Jun-16 08:44:02

What will OUR great grandchildren see when they look at our records?

OMG, OP, I don't know!!! They'll all be hoverboard engineers and transporter operatives. Or maybe they'll be too busy fighting mutant scorpians with sticks before going back to their underground pits to escape the terrifying DAY WALKERS to care about such pointless, pointless things!!

You understand that ALL of those jobs that your grandparents did still exist, right? It's not like being a waitress or a steelworker are so unimaginably archaic that just thinking about someone having that as a job is fascinating? Even being an "actor/copywriter" isn't something that has only been invented in the past 10 years.

MarcelineTheVampire Sat 18-Jun-16 08:49:44

Tiggermol OP was only asking a question? You seem to have woken up even grouchier than me.

Maternal GF was a miner and my GM a housewife. Paternal GF was in the army and GM was a housewife.

Hirosleaftunnel Sat 18-Jun-16 08:49:58

Maternal Grandfather: Financial services executive
Maternal Grandmother: GF secretary then housewife after marriage

Paternal Grandfather: Master bricklayer and property developer
Paternal Grandmother: Master Tailor

Great Maternal Grandfather: Gentleman
Great Maternal Grandmother: housewife

Great Paternal Grandfather: Irish Romany Furrier and seance master
Great Paternal Grandmother: English Romany basket maker and fortune teller

Me: financial services confused

MothertotheLordsofmisrule Sat 18-Jun-16 08:51:49

M Gf was aircraft engineer
M Gm was a council worker (finance)
P Gf was a store man
P Gm various jobs (worked at Penguin and soldering light bulbs)

Not sure about my GGP

I work in clinical trials

Lightbulbon Sat 18-Jun-16 08:53:11

Gr pat gm: 'weaver'
Gr pat gf: owner of a few shops
^ mat^

Gt pat GM: ? Sahm/poss factory work or similar?
Gt pat gf: some kind of skilled job

Pat gran: shopkeeper
Pat gf: can't remember the exact term but it was a highly skilled job in machinery manufacturing

Df: c2 type job before 80s redundancy then self employed, never had a career

DM: B type semi professional

Mat GM: sahm
Mat gf: farmer

(They had both come from farming backgrounds)

Me: first ever graduate, B semi professional (working my way up to A!)

stephanielittl7 Sat 18-Jun-16 08:54:09

Maternal Granddad - Coalminer
Maternal Grandma - was in Waafs and then worked in a local factory
Paternal Grandad - Chiropodist
Paternal Grandma - Was in service til she got married
I dont work as im a carer for DS and Maternal Grandma
Dont know about Great Grandparents

Kayakinggirl86 Sat 18-Jun-16 08:54:15

Great grandparents: tax collector, and in the army.

Grandparents: owned a chain of shops, chemist for BP.

Me: teacher

JuniorMint Sat 18-Jun-16 08:54:38

Paternal GF: RAF engineer
Maternal GM: Children's nursemaid before marriage, then housewife/SAHM

Maternal GF: High School Principal
Maternal GM: Substitute teacher

Mother: Headteacher
Father: Headteacher

Me: Teacher!

TheWeeBabySeamus1 Sat 18-Jun-16 08:54:57

My nana was a seamstress ( started age 14), then later a factory worker and when she retired she did domestic cleaning.

My grandad was a factory worker and did shifts in the pub.

My nanas mum also did factory work and during the war she worked on the railways at night.

WordGetsAround Sat 18-Jun-16 08:55:06

Grandad: Doctor then Vicar
Gran: Nurse

Grandad: Engineer
Gran: SAHP

Me: secondary teacher, now SAHP

RaspberryOverload Sat 18-Jun-16 08:55:19

My maternal grandad was a carpenter, and became a foreman with Woolies during the war, moving around the country to supervise repair jobs from the bombings.

Maternal grandmother was a district nurse, and I can't remember if she became Matron in our local hospital at the end.

Paternal grandmother died when my dad was 10. Paternal grandfather was an alcoholic abuse shit only capable of basic unskilled jobs, drinking the money and beating his kids.

Maternal great-grandfather was an Iron Foundry Foreman, but going further back, the maternal family were agricultural workers.

I have not yet bothered to go further back on the paternal side. It would be very difficult anyway due to all sorts of name changes, etc.

topcat2014 Sat 18-Jun-16 08:55:23

Mtnl GPs both teachers (secondary)
Ptnl GPs in the Navy (wartime), then insurance sales.
No idea before that.
Me: Accountant.

BestIsWest Sat 18-Jun-16 08:55:29

Paternal grandfather - tinplate worker, seconded to BSA in Birmingham during WWII (he died in 1945).
Paternal grandmother was a 'tweenie' before getting married then didn't work until she was widowed after which she did lots of things to make ends meet. She was a collection agent for the local 'oilman' so went home to house collecting weekly payments. (The oilman sold everything).

Maternal grandfather was a stonemason but ended up in the steelworks rebuilding furnaces. It killed him.

Maternal grandmother was a seamstress.

I am descended from a long line of tinplate workers and colliers and before that agricultural labourers and weavers.

NoahVale Sat 18-Jun-16 08:56:11

pgf accountant
pgm teacher/housewife

mgf factory owner
mgm housewife but I dont know what she did before she was a housewife

TheWeeBabySeamus1 Sat 18-Jun-16 08:56:26

Oh, and I'm unemployed blush but I used to do accounts for a legal firm.

RaspberryOverload Sat 18-Jun-16 08:57:37

Oh, forgot about me..

Me - Civil servant, later local government worker
DP - Hardy plant buyer (not to be confused with heavy plant buyer)

JaceLancs Sat 18-Jun-16 08:57:49

Maternal grandfather started as a tram conductor and ended up head of transport department
Maternal grandmother was a teacher
Their parents all worked in the cotton mills apart from MGs father who was a cobbler
Paternal grandfather was a chauffeur - his DF was a grocer and tea blender - along with his wife
Paternal grandmother was a SAHM until she died when DF was 3 - no idea about her parents

JoyOdell Sat 18-Jun-16 08:58:29

No idea paternally. Maternal grandparents were both publicans and, later, my grandmother was a nurse.

I am an administrator in the public sector, also slowly working towards a career in teaching.

MyBreadIsEggy Sat 18-Jun-16 08:59:59

- Maternal Grandfather: Career Soldier in the Polish army and then a carpenter after that
- Maternal Grandmother: Worked in a clothing factory, then was a housewife
- Paternal Grandfather: RAF and then some kind of engineer
- Paternal Grandmother: Worked in Woolworths (back in the days when that was a sought after, respectable job for young women!), then went to work in a meat packing place confused
- Father: Royal Marine, and now he works in employment law
- Mother: has been a hairdresser forever, has run her own salon since we came to the UK permanently in the mid-90's.

I followed the footsteps of the men in my family by joining the army straight from school, but that career was cut short by an injury which caused irreparable damage. I've worked in pubs and hotels, but now I'm a SAHM!

tigermoll Sat 18-Jun-16 09:00:01

OP was only asking a question? You seem to have woken up even grouchier than me

I know, but this is AIBU. We have our "nest of vipers" reputation to maintain grin

I suppose I am always faintly suspicious of those 'tell me about yourself' OPs that seek to elicit personal information....not that I'm troll-hunting, I just think that it's not always a brilliant idea to broadcast personal details, even in the most innocent of of contexts.

(Also I find wondering about one's family tree to be the most tedious narcissism, but there we go. I mean, who cares what people you never met, or can have known only briefly as a young child, but happen to be ever-so-slightly related to you did? If you really care about history then study it -- it will tell you more than a narrow focus on your personal bloodline ever could. And also, once you get back more than three generations, the pool is so wide that it makes little sense to talk about "my cousin" or "my great-great-aunt", but there we go. It's like people who say "I'm distantly related to royalty". Oh yeah? So is LITERALLY EVERYONE.)

MrsJayy Sat 18-Jun-16 09:00:37

Maternal grandfather Miner

Maternal grandmother in service at 15 then everything from working in a shop to school cleaner to a ward auxiluary at a small private hospital

Paternal gp not a clue

Step gp Miner and cleaner/ private homehelp

insancerre Sat 18-Jun-16 09:01:06

Paternal Gf coffin maker
Paternal gm housewife she had 14 children I dont think she had time to go out to work

Maternal Gf London bus driver
Maternal gm office clerk

Me - nursery manager

I have no idea what my parents grandparents did

greenfolder Sat 18-Jun-16 09:01:16

Maternal gps sheet metal worker in a factory. Dgm supervisor for GPO

Paternal. DGF life long layabout. DGM Saint apparently!

Me financial services

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