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I've spent the past five or six months trying to climb the family tree, and I just got a look at a page from the 1920 census that lists my eponymous maternal grandfather, Jim Sweeney.

All my life I thought that he owned a grocery store on Cary Avenue. The only picture of him I've ever seen shows him standing in front of the store, next to a horse attached to his delivery wagon.

But in the 1920 census he claims to be a "Sampler" by trade, and he claims to do his sampling for the city government.

Anybody got any ideas about what a NYC Sampler was?

Jim Donnelly



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