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Christine in Herts
22-07-11, 17:25
Amongst the recent additions to Ancestry's records are the British Postal Service Appointment Books, 1737-1969.

This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.
That means you can see the list of hits, and even the initial info, but not the images, unless you have a current subscription.

I have found a record which may be of side-ways relevance (i.e. he's brother of an Ancestor), but I don't know whether or not it's worth adding that record to the list for my next trip to the library. If there's lots more in the image than just the name and date of appointment, then I'll go and have a look.
It's for Arthur BENNETT, appointed Jan 1899 in Birmingham.
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&rank=0&gsfn=Arthur&gsln=Bennett&sx=&f9=birmingham&rg_f8__date=&rs_f8__date=0&gskw=&prox=1&db=britipsapoint&ti=5538&ti.si=0&gss=angs-d&pcat=37&fh=0&h=214643&recoff=7+8
And there's always the risk that he isn't part of my family - in which case there are some other records I've attached to him and will need to weed out!

I'd be grateful if someone can tell me if I should add him to my list for the next library visit.

Christine

Uncle John
22-07-11, 17:37
He was appointed as T (I think) Postman, Birmingham. T might be temporary. The one above him is a "R Postman" on a transfer, and the one above that is a Postman, also on a transfer.

Christine in Herts
22-07-11, 17:45
Thank you, UJ.

Looks like it's only worth tacking on a list: it isn't worth making a special trip!

Christine

GallowayLass
22-07-11, 21:28
I raced off to view this dataset but was disappointed not to find my Gran who worked in Manchester as postwoman when her children were small to help supplement the family income. Also not there was a newly discovered distant relation who was a village post mistress for some years.

chrisj1961
22-07-11, 21:46
My grandad is on there as starting his post office career in 1951 in Leeds, am quite impressed :)

Christine in Herts
22-07-11, 22:10
Some Post Office appointments are reflected in the London Gazette - including the Arthur BENNETT, mentioned above.

Christine

Heather Positive Thinker
23-07-11, 00:27
Oh this is exciting isnt it. Must point out they say these are "the first" records so Im assuming, hoping, there will be more as my GGFx2 was a post carrier and I havent yet found him. But I have found his brother - its amazing how important the jobs appear to have been with appointment, in his case, by the Duke of Richmond as a Foreign mail carrier and then an upgrade? to a bag man?

Also, found the daughter of GGFx2 being appointed as a "Call Wire Operator" in 1908. Is this a telephone operator do you think?

Oh, just found the brothers son being appointed a a Post Letter Carrier on the recommendation of his father, now superannuated :)

Mike Fisher
23-07-11, 12:00
Just to let you know it also includes GPO engineers/employees , as I have found two of the people I worked with, one started in 1939 and another in 1955 . I also found my wife's aunt who was a telephonist. All three in the Birmingham area.

Uncle John
23-07-11, 15:12
I raced off to view this dataset but was disappointed not to find my Gran who worked in Manchester as postwoman when her children were small to help supplement the family income. Also not there was a newly discovered distant relation who was a village post mistress for some years.

It only covers people directly employed by the Post Office. (Scale payment) Sub-postmasters and their employees were/are on conract to the Post Office/Royal Mail.

Uncle John
23-07-11, 15:15
Some Post Office appointments are reflected in the London Gazette - including the Arthur BENNETT, mentioned above.

Or the Post Office Gazette (me for example!). These lists only contain people in sub-management grades, and don't include sub-post-office employees unless they worked in a Crown post office.

Mike Fisher
23-07-11, 16:25
I am finding more and more GPO engineers I worked with when I started work with GPO Telephones in 1962, most of who started employment before 1955ish. Also found a relative who was a messenger between Enstone and Charlbury in OXF 1849 who I had recorded in the same year as a carrier in a baptism.

Val wish Id never started
23-07-11, 16:29
found my two Uncles