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Post Office Appointment Books

This article was posted in Essex Resources, UK History.


Occupation Records

The Post Office has been an important institution in British life, and has employed thousands of people during the course of its history. Now many of their employment records are available on Ancestry.co.uk in the new Postal Service Appointment Books, 1737–1969.

These books cover over 200 years of Post Office history and record the employee’s name, appointment date, location, and their role within the Post Office. The books can also be searched in by date.

A quick look at the books show differing standards of information throughout. Later books seem to be very detailed, while some may contain just the first name initials and surname. Some of the roles within the Post Office may require further research such as OTTII. But don’t think it’s just the posties, it covers everyone from cleaners to legal assistants.

Well worth a look if your ancestor was employed by the Post Office.

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