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Two interesting references regarding the occupations of the residents of New York are:
O'Callaghan, Edmund Bailey. Calendar of New York Colonial Commissions, 1680–1770. New York, New York: New-York Historical Society, 1929. (Family History Library book 974.7 N2n.) Indexed. Lists office holders, their residences, and dates of commission.
Scott, Kenneth. Nineteenth Century Apprentices in New York City: Abstracted and with an Introduction by Kenneth Scott. Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 1986. (Family History Library book 974.71 U2s.) Lists occupation, age, person to whom apprenticed, and sometimes parents.