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Wake County Occupations, 1900
Posted by: Jim Lee (ID *****9582) Date: April 04, 2003 at 18:04:32
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In searching for my grandparents in Wake County in 1900, I was amused at the occupations--sort of a sampling of the society at the time. No cars, no TVs, a striking lack of opportunity for the black population. Wake's 1900 population was 54,626, only 200 of them foreign-born. Native-born whites accounted for more than 29,600 people, and "colored" about 24,350. For some reason, there is a difference of about 200 people between the "colored" and the "negro" populations. I took the colored total.
I found my German-born grandparents by skimming the census pages on, just looking among only 42 Germans.
Since we cannot attach such things to postings on the genealogy forum, I am willing to send my sampling of Wake County occupations as an e-mail attachment on request. It will be in WordPerfect format.
I am not willing to do census lookups among 54,000 people, and the Ancestry census list is not indexed.
You can request the attachment by e-mailing me at

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