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Ask a Genealogist: What was a Forge Bloomer?

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Question:

My ancestor is listed in a census with the occupation of a "Forge Bloomer".  What is this referring to, I have never heard it before.

Answer:

A "Bloomer" was an occupation of a worker in an iron forge.  The job required the worker to extract the wrought iron from the iron ore.  From there wrought iron was worked by using an hammer or rolled.

Posted by David Lambert at 05/20/2013 11:48:00 PM | 


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