We have yet more new records to tell you about today. This time we’ve turned our attention to your ancestors’ occupations – and specifically the people who worked for the Postal Service.
The Post Office is a British institution. Not only is it a popular part of any village community, but it’s traditionally one of the country’s biggest employers. So, many of you will discover that you have ancestors included in British Postal Service Appointment Books, 1737-1969.
These records span three centuries of remarkable change and innovation. In the 18th century, messengers carried individual letters around the country on horseback. By the time the collection finishes in 1969, aeroplanes were flying tons of mail all over the world.
Perhaps the greatest stories come from the time of the Industrial Revolution. The coming of the railways made it far easier to carry post from city to city – and the written word became vital to the spread of thoughts and ideas.
Of course, not everybody was out delivering the mail. Our records tell you exactly what job your ancestors did – from head sorter to office teaboy. You can also see where they worked, and track their movements around the country.
In many cases, you can even discover who recommended them for the position. Perhaps this is a close friend or another family member for you to explore?
A big thanks to the volunteers of the Ancestry World Archives Project who helped to transcribe these crucial records. Their work is vital as we make more and more collections available online. Find out more about the Project
Don’t miss our exclusive video, revealing more of the fascinating history behind these records with insight from Tony Robinson. This is part of an ongoing occupations series – look out for more videos about forthcoming record collections in the near future!
Image © Royal Mail Group Ltd 2011/ The British Postal Museum & Archive