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I am researching Kirby and you may have seen me in the births forum. What I would like to ask please.

I have a Joseph Kirby in the 1841 census with his family. His occupation is National Tutor. His two daughters are infant tutors. I found him in the UK city and county directories 1600-1900 under Acadamies and schools as a master of a national school in Northwold-Mundford. I guess master means headmaster. My query is:

Would he have had to do an apprenticeship, how would he have got to be a headmaster. What records would I possibly find him in if he had to register.His daughters were aged 20 and 15 in 1841, how would they go about becoming infant tutors, would they be sort of teacher aids. I would like to find out about any registers for Joseph as I am hoping if he had to fill any papers out they may have mentioned parents.How did one become a national tutor by 1841 if that person was born approx. 1760-1790. Hope I haven't asked to many questions all at once. All help and advice much appreciated. Thank you

Carol Orr/NZ:)

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