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British Royal Households : Employee and Tradesmen Records online : 1660-1924

Did your ancestors work for British royalty as an employee or perhaps a tradesman?

Thanks to the Royal Archives at Windsor, many records of the royal households have been digitised and the images are available online at FindMyPast (an affiliate).

Photo of Windsor Castle round tower housing the Royal Archives in blog post about British Royal Household staff and tradesmen by

Above: Windsor Castle round tower home of the Royal Archives

According to the Royal Archives, this digital collection includes staff records dating from 1660 right through to 1924 (although FindMyPast claims the records start in 1526). Regardless of which date is correct, it is a wonderful collection of material containing information about ordinary people. It represents an extensive, though incomplete, list of Royal Household employees.

Unfortunately, while they are free to search, the records do require a FindMyPast subscription to view, so keep a eye out for their next free access period.

The records come from:

  • Royal Household establishment lists;

  • Royal Household index sheets; and

  • Royal Household payment and employment lists.

They include different types of documents which could result in finding multiple entries for an ancestor. The information in the records varies but usually contains a combination of the following information:

Picture of Balmoral Castle one of the Queen's residences for which the Royal Archives holds staff records - picture courtesy of Pixabay.

Above : Balmoral Castle in Scotland, one of the Queen's residences. Did any of your ancestors work there?

  • Name

  • Age

  • Occupation

  • Dates of employment

  • Salary or wages

  • Pension or other payments made to the employee

  • Career history

  • Date of death

  • Signature

  • WW1 service

  • Reason for leaving employment.

According to its website, The Royal Archives:

“. . . preserves the personal and official correspondence of monarchs from George III (1760-1820) onwards, as well as administrative records of the departments of the Royal Household.

It is worth noting that while all private royal correspondence is held by the Royal Archives, all official royal correspondence is held by the UK National Archives in Kew.

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How did you go? Did you find an ancestor in royal employment? I didn’t myself, but would love to hear about your finds in the Comments Section at the bottom of the screen.

Note: I have an affiliate relationship with Findmypast and receive a free subscription from the company.


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