Today is Labor Day here in America, when we remember and honor the work of our current citizens and of those in the past who worked to create the America that we know today. For this post, I was originally going to make a list of my and my husband's direct ancestors' occupations. However, I wanted something more visual and artistic, so I went to Tagxedo.com and made this cool, autumn-themed, family tree word cloud using words related to our relatives' jobs. The information came from personal knowledge, city directories, as well as from census schedules and draft registration cards on which occupations and employers were recorded. Most of these words obviously represent jobs for which our relatives were paid, but I have also included unpaid ones, such as 'volunteer' and 'mother' because, especially for so many of our female ancestors, these were their lifelong labors and vocations. Happy Labor Day!
Emily Kowalski Schroeder