Post Office appointment books to be made available on Ancestry.co.uk

7 Apr

News from the British Postal Museum and Archive that Post Office appointment books from 1831 to 1960 are to be made available online by Ancestry.co.uk seems to have gone largely unnoticed.

Details on the BPMA website are brief, with no mention as to when they will be available or exactly what it includes, but presumably they are talking about archive class POST 58.

This will be an interesting data-set for both family and local historians, and with the Post Office being such a large employer, I am sure most people will be able to find relations in these records. I can think of at least one relation of mine that should be mentioned (my great grandfather’s second wife’s second husband), but I am sure there will be others.

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2 Responses to “Post Office appointment books to be made available on Ancestry.co.uk”

  1. postalheritage April 14, 2009 at 11:38 am #

    John, I’m afraid there isn’t a lot more we can say about the project at this stage. It’s very exciting for us that we’ll soon be able to make the records available to the entire world.

    As you can imagine there is a lot of material which needs to be scanned and catalogued, but we’re hoping the appointment books will be available online by the end of this year.

  2. wanderinggenealogist April 15, 2009 at 10:44 pm #

    It is so good to see information going online that is not just births, marriages and deaths. Something that is going to add more the understanding of the lives of our ancestors, and hopefully launch people deeper into the BPMA archives.

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