Do you have ancestors’ who worked in the public sector? Explore the Royal and Imperial Calendars from 1767 to 1973 to find out about their career. This expansive collection of records from The National Archives includes lists of all the official departments of state, and branches of public service, the law, the church, national or commercial companies and institutions, and many additional articles of public utility.
Each record includes a transcript and original image. The amount of information you will see will vary. You may be able to find a combination of the following:
The original images may also include the following addition information:
Trade or occupation
Place or approximate address
The original image presented to you is the first page of the document that includes the name searched. You may need to browse forward to the image to see the full entry. In order to view the next page, simply click the ‘>’ to the right of the viewing window. You would then need to search down the list to find the name you require.
The Imperial Calendars provide a valuable resource for tracing the whereabouts and careers of persons employed in various posts in the public sphere from the 1800s to 1973.
As quoted in the 1809 Calendar, it contains "accurate lists of all the official departments of state, and branches of public service; the law; the church; national or commercial companies and institutions; and many additional articles of public utility."
The collection comprises of the bound Imperial Calendars which are held by The National Archives. The early calendars from the 19 century contain persons serving or featuring in East India Company, Army, Royal Navy, Royal Household, the peerage; Law, the clergy, city officers, educational establishments, dockyard officers, bankers, medical dispensaries, General Post Office and customs.
The later calendars from the 20 century evolved to include the Civil Service List and additional departments such as Home Office and Treasury.
The Imperial Calendars later evolved into the Civil Service Yearbook.
Begin your search broadly with just a first and last name.
Entries use abbreviations for first names, if you are unable to find your relative on your first search you can try different name variations. For example, if your search is unsuccessful for William try W or Wm, Thos for Thomas and Jas for James.
Entries also use titles as opposed to first names. For example, if your search is unsuccessful for William Smith, try Mr Smith or Lord Smith. Alternatively, if your search is unsuccessful for Mary Smith and she was married to John Smith, try Mrs John Smith or alternatively Mrs Smith.
You can narrow your results if needed by adding a year, place, or additional keyword. By using the additional keyword search field, you can search by last name and other keywords to more effectively narrow your results.