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A directory of nineteenth-century American doctors, which includes biographical information, is available in:

  • Atkinson, William Biddle. The Physicians and Surgeons of the United States. Philadelphia: Charles Robson, 1878. Digital version at Google Books.


A directory of lawyers in the United States was published in 1851 and is available online.

Utilize these sites to learn about early occupations: Genealogical Early Occupations; Occupations From Yesteryear

Railroad Employees

The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board administers a Federal retirement benefit program covering the nation's railroad workers that were employed after 1936. Contact them and they will determine if they hold the applicable records or if you will need to place the request with the National Archives. Information on living persons can only be obtained with written permission.

U.S. Railroad Retirement Board
Congressional Inquiry Section
844 North Rush Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611-2092


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