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HOW TO USE THE THE WORK WORLD SECTION OF THE WEBSITE.

  • If you are new to Genealogy or doing research on the types of work your family did this is a good place to get started.
    • You might want to start by watching the video on Industrialization in the box to the right.  Additional Labor video’s can be found HERE.
    • The Labor Archive section is a place to start to identify state by state resources for documents that will give you background that may help you understand your ancestors and the work that they were involved in.
    • The list of strikes will help you further pinpoint your ancestors involvement  in any labor issues they might have been involved in.
    • Working conditions in the 19th and 20th century were dangerous and unhealthy.  Content in this area will help you understand the work enviornment  by occupational group.

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Listing of Factory workers names in top 20 cities in 1900

Rank Place Population
1. New York, N.Y. 3,437,202
2. Chicago, Ill. 1,698,575
3. Philadelphia, Pa. 1,293,697
4. St. Louis, Mo. 575,238
5. Boston, Mass. 560,892
6. Baltimore, Md. 508,957
7. Cleveland, Ohio 381,768
8. Buffalo, N.Y. 352,387
9. San Francisco, Calif. 342,782
10. Cincinnati, Ohio 325,902
11. Pittsburgh, Pa. 321,616
12.
 New Orleans, La.

287,104

13. Detroit, Mich. 285,704
14. Milwaukee, Wis. 285,315
15. Washington, DC 278,718
16. Newark, N.J. 246,070
17. Jersey City, N.J. 206,433
18. Louisville, Ky. 204,731
19. Minneapolis, Minn. 202,718
20. Providence, R.I. 175,597