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Large companies sometimes preserved records about their employees. These records usually contain hiring and termination details and may include biographical data about the employees and possibly their families. If a company where your ancestor worked is still in business, it may allow limited access to its historical employee records.  Few employee records have been made public. Below are some that are available for Illinois.  ==== Farmers ==== Farming is one of the major occupations in Illinois. Farmers' [[Image:{{Saw and grist mill}}Illinois Directories|directories]] were published occasionally. Local farmers' associations may have kept membership records with biographical information. Farms that have been owned by the same family for 100 years or longer are called "Centennial Farms." See:
Large companies sometimes preserved records about their employees*Illinois Centennial Farm Heritage Association. ''The History of Illinois Centennial Farms''. Dallas, Texas: Curtis Media, 1986. This book gives a short history of farming in Illinois and contains family histories and property descriptions of the centennial farms. [http://WorldCat/oclc/14911554 Many libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|538510|item|disp=FHL book 977.3 D2h}} ==== Lawyers ==== *Crossley, Frederic Bears. These records usually contain hiring ''Courts and termination details Lawyers''. Three Volumes. Chicago, Illinois: American Historical Society, 1916. This work gives a brief history of the court system in Illinois and may include biographical data sketches of those who affected the history of the courts and those who were part of the bar about the employees 1916.[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=ti%3ACourts+and possibly their families+Lawyers.+au%3ACrossley&fq=x0%3Abook&qt=advanced&dblist=638 Many libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|291807|item|disp=FHL film 934965; book 977.3 D3c}} *Livingston,John, et al. "List of Lawyers in Illinois," in ''Law Register.....'' New York: Monthly Law Magazine, 1851. Viewable online at [http://books.google.com/books?id=0Hs8AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA45#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books]. ==== Medical Workers ==== The [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives. If a company where your ancestor worked is still html Illinois State Archives] and [[Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)|IRAD depositories]] have registers of those serving in businessmedical professions, including physicians, it may allow limited access to its historical employee recordsmidwives, veterinarians, dentists, optometrists, nurses, and surgeons. Search their holdings by county.  ==== State Employees ====
Few employee records have been made public. Examples that are available for Illinois includeFor state employees from 1921 and later, see:
Pullman Car Works (Pullman, *Illinois)Secretary of State. ''Employee Records, ca. 1900–1949Blue Book of the State of Illinois''. Salt Lake CitySpringfield, UtahIllinois: Genealogical Society Illinois Secretary of UtahState, 1993–941903–. (On 68 Family History Library films beginning with {{FHL|1908114264072|filmitem|disp=1908114FHL book 977.3 N2ib}}.) (Not Additional years available at Family History Centers[http://www.) These records include employment index cards, which contain hiring and termination dates, and service forms, which contain dates and places worldcat.org/search?q=ti%3ABlue+Book+of birth as well as information on previous employment, for about 200,000 employees who worked in +the Pullman car plant+State+of+Illinois&fq=x0%3Abook&qt=advanced&dblist=638 many libraries (WorldCat)].
Biographical sketches of lawyers in Illinois about 1916 can be found in Crossley’s Courts and Lawyers, cited in the "[[Illinois Court Records|Court Records]]" section. A [http://books.google.com/books?id=0Hs8AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA45#v=onepage&q&f=false List of Lawyers in Illinois] was published in 1851<br>Pullman Car Workers ====
The Pullman Car Works (Pullman, Illinois State Archives and IRAD depositories have registers of physicians). ''Employee Records, accoucheursca. 1900–1949''. Salt Lake City, midwives, veterinarians, dentists, optometrists, nurses, surgeonsUtah: Genealogical Society of Utah, and other professions1993–94. They also have the Chicago Civil Service Commission These records include employment index cards (which contain hiring and termination dates) and service forms (which contain dates and places of policemenbirth as well as information on previous employment) for about 200, firemen, and tradesmen000 employees who worked in the Pullman car plant. {{FHL|1908114|film|disp=FHL film 1908114 (first of 68 films)}} (Not available at Family History Centers. )
Farming is one of the major occupations in Illinois. Farmers directories were published occasionally. Local farmers associations may have kept membership records with biographical information. Many farms that have been owned by the same family for 100 years or longer are mentioned in The History of Centennial Farms, cited in the "[[Illinois Genealogy|Genealogy]]" section. ==== Other Occupations ====
For state employees from 1921 to 1924 and later, see the Blue Book of the State of Illinois cited in the "[The [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html Illinois History|HistoryState Archives]and [https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/IRAD/irad.pdf IRAD depositories]" sectionhave the Chicago Civil Service Commission records of policemen, firemen, and tradesmen. Search under Cook County.
Occupation records can Occupations are often listed in city [[Illinois Directories|directories]], which also provide information about particular businesses. Separate business [[Illinois Directories|directories]] are also available. <!---------------------------Two links in paragraph below go to error pages. However, the modification was rolled back because the replacement link pointed to this page. New links needed to be found in for this cite, or the Family History Library Catalog by using a&nbsp;Place Search under: links removed.-------------------------------->
It is usually best to start searches for occupations at the city or county level. Links to county pages appear below. Additional resources for Illinois occupations may be found in the [http:ILLINOIS//www.familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&catSearchType=subject_id&searchCriteria=757150 Illinois- OCCUPATIONS Occupations] or [http:ILLINOIS, //www.familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&catSearchType=subject_id&searchCriteria=382195 Illinois-Officials and employees] topic pages of the FamilySearch Catalog . Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [COUNTYhttp://www.familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch Centers]- OCCUPATIONS :ILLINOIS, . Explore how to search the [[COUNTYIntroduction to the FamilySearch Catalog|FamilySearch Catalog], [TOWN]- OCCUPATIONS<br><br>.
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