Did your ancestor forge a career with the Civil Service? If they did, you may find them listed here in this collection of over 870,000 records detailing Civil Service certifications following examination, or appointments, transfers and promotions.
Expect to find some or all of the following fields in this Civil Service Commission collection. All records are from the Civil Service Commission.
These Civil Service Commission records were published in the London Gazette. In total there are over 872,000 entries. The records start in 1871 and continue until 1942 when, without explanation, they suddenly stop.
The entries are for Civil Servant certifications following examination, or appointments, transfers and promotions. Where examinations have taken place the relevant criteria and requirements are given in earlier editions of the London Gazette.
The entries are for the whole of the United Kingdom, including Ireland before Irish independence. The single biggest department is the Post Office with 450,122 records, which accounts for over half of the total number. The records include many different roles including: Learners, Postmen, Sorters, Porters and Telegraphists. Most entries have an associated location of the person’s occupation. As well as the larger towns and cities, they also include small villages, or large districts or regions.
Other large departments are the Admiralty (47,428 records), Customs and Excise (15,351) and the Prisons service (14,106). The majority of the Admiralty records are associated with occupations in the dockyards.