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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: One of my British ancestors was a signal man on one census and previously a Railroad Policeman.  Was he a security guard at the railroad station in the 1860's?

 

Answer: Even though these sound like two occupations they are one in the same.  The older term once used for a signal man on the railroad was a railroad policeman.  See the reference stated on Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Signalman_%28rail%29

 

Posted by David Lambert at 07/16/2012 11:44:08 PM | 


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