Our forebears were no strangers to hard labor: The United States was built on a bedrock of sweat and solid work ethic. Pay homage to their perspiration by checking out these reader-submitted photos of ancestors on the job.
"My grandfather, Herbert Cole (on the left), worked in Gilead, Maine, as a section hand for the Grand Trunk Railroad."
—Mary Cole Tyler
"My uncle, Robert C. Erickson, is shown here in 1938. He was a farmer in northern Illinois, and was national level-land plowing champion twice."
"This is my mother, Margaret Harrison, in 1961, in her nurse's uniform in Pakersburg, WV."
From the September 2014 issue of Family Tree Magazine