21 July 2011

Ancestry adds British Postal Service Appointment Books, 1737-1969

These British Post Office appointment books, about 1.5 million names on 39,864 images, are indexes to the Postmaster General’s minute books and now available on Ancestry.co.uk
They show the point when a person began working for the Post Office or started at a new position within the Post Office. The books were kept from 1831 until 1969, when they stopped being kept because of legislation and human resource procedures. Some records contain the job the worker was appointed to and the British Postal Museum’s website has the abbreviations in their Family History Guide (pdf).

The index contains: Name, Date of appointment, Location

If you find a person of interest in this index you may wish to explore further at The British Postal Museum and Archive.The records may be particularly valuable if a pension or gratuity was granted in which case you may find a brief summary of the individual's career, the different positions they had, the different salaries they received and any notable achievements they may have made.

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