Tuesday’s Tip: What does “Tifserand” mean anyway? #genealogy

I’m in the middle of transcribing the 1843 census for Nierdanven, Luxembourg… a story for another day! In doing so, I came across the following word. Do you know what these means?

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There are two issues here:

  1. Can you read the word? It’s actually tisserand  – as in older English, the “f” is actually an s.
  2. Once you’ve identified the word, a dictionary will tell you the rest…


The person in question is a weaver.

Lesson to be learned: try to familiarize yourself with the history of the language before trying the dictionary. Tifserand would have sent you astray.


About Bryna O'Sullivan

A Connecticut-based professional genealogist, I love working with beginners of all backgrounds. I also do specialty research in Connecticut and Luxembourg-American genealogy.
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