Several years ago, modifying pedigree charts by adding color to represent ancestral traits was a popular pastime. One of my takes on this was to simply list the occupation of the ancestor in that position on the chart.
My chart went back six generations and included a number of farmers and farm wives. I knew there would not be much occupational variation in my chart, although now I might break up farmer into:
- tenant farmer
- farm laborer
- farm owner
Or something like that to make a little more distinction. Still a good exercise to help me see that there is a little variation in my ancestral occupations.