Have you ever found an occupation for an ancestor and you weren’t sure what the job actually was? You might find some useful information at the Web site www.occupationalinfo.org.

The U.S. Department of Labor has compiled this dictionary of occupational titles, codes and job descriptions. Even better, because it was created by the federal government, the information is in the public domain, so feel free to copy and and use freely.

I knew my Norwegian ancestors who emigrated to Chicago worked in the garment industry, so when I found a record for my great-uncle being a “cutter,” I was able to confirm the meaning of the term at the dictionary:

Draws and cuts out sets of patterns for specified ranges of garment sizes, grading (increasing or decreasing dimensions) master pattern for each size within set

Sounds hard to do, and now I’m sure that was his occupation. Give it a try!